Sharron Angle 2012? Adviser To Tea Party Favorite Teases Another Run
It's possible that former Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle could mount another bid for a spot in the upper congressional chamber next year, an adviser to the Tea Party darling signaled to Ben Smith at Politico on Monday.
Angle was defeated by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in his quest for reelection in 2010. Despite coming up short in what shaped up to be an extremely contentious campaign, the Tea Party darling has since remained a fixture in the political spotlight.
"Almost 250,000 Republicans have already donated to Sharron Angle, probably more than any Republican in the country," wrote consultant John Yob in an e-mail to Smith. "She will be a tremendously strong candidate for whichever office she chooses to run for. A combination of a strong tea-party based grassroots operation and unprecedented campaign funding is a powerful combination in a Republican Primary."
If Angle chooses to launch another Senate campaign, it seems she could face a difficult path to victory. On the heels of Nevada's 2010 midterm election, the Las Vegas Review Journal reported that Reid emerged on top of Angle with support from a perhaps surprising voting bloc:
Preliminary figures show just 2,000 more Democrats than Republicans voted in Nevada's general election, the secretary of state's office said Monday.
Because there were 60,000 more registered Democrats than Republicans at the time of the election, the figures are a clear indication that many Republicans cast votes for Democrat U.S. Sen. Harry Reid rather than for his Republican opponent, Sharron Angle, a secretary of state spokeswoman said.