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Breaking News: Harry Reid to Run for Senate from New York

03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Facing a tough re-election fight in Nevada, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has announced that he'll instead run for Senate from New York.

Wearing a full New York Yankees uniform, Reid announced his candidacy outside his new campaign headquarters in Times Square.

"It's been a privilege and an honor to serve the people of Nevada," said Reid, as he ate a Nathan's hot dog wrapped in a slice of genuine New York pizza. "But I've always been a New Yorker at heart."

Political observers expect Reid's announcement to set off a flurry of interest in New York's Senate seat. Exploratory committees have already been formed by Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd, North Dakota Senator Byron Dorgan, and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

"I've been following Harry Reid's career since I was a student at Georgetown," said Reid's campaign manager, former New York Knick great Patrick Ewing. "Even when he was a senator from Nevada, I thought Harry Reid would make a great senator from New York."

Ewing then unveiled the Reid campaign's first television ad, which many New Yorkers will recognize as the opening scene of Woody Allen's Manhattan.

"I know some cynics will say I'm not a real New Yorker," said Reid. "But last I checked, we live in a democracy, where anybody with enough money can run for whatever office they want from whatever state they think they can get elected in."

Reid then got on the back of a moving flatbed truck and performed "Empire State of Mind" with Alicia Keys.