October 1st, 2009
01:41 PM ET
5 years ago

Nevada GOP head to run for Senate

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A former Miss New Jersey-turned-veteran Nevada lawmaker announced her bid for Senate Thursday, joining a crowded primary field of Republicans hoping to defeat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in 2010.

Sue Lowden, chairman of the Nevada Republican Party, didn't mention Reid in a statement posted on her newly-launched campaign Web site. Instead she took aim at both Republicans and Democrats in the nation's capital.

"In the past year alone, Nevada residents have lost their homes, their jobs and their retirement savings – all while Washington has drowned us with trillions of dollars of new debt," said Lowden. "And while our families have less, Washington craves more, unconcerned about the consequences. ...This isn't a partisan problem, it's a problem brought on by an unresponsive, out-of touch federal government."

Lowden and Danny Tarkanian stand out in the field of Republicans hoping to win their party's Senate nomination. Lowden has been pegged as the front-runner by Jon Ralston, Nevada's premier political analyst, who recently said she would "be seen as the favorite in the primary."

Recent polls show Reid vulnerable as he seeks a fifth term in the Senate. He is expected to spend upwards of $25 million to try and win re-election next year.

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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. jaye

    Why would anyone in their right mind want to elect another republican??? Haven't the republicans done enough damage to our country already (YES THEY HAVE!).

    October 1, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  2. rr

    While Reid is certainly not as stubbornly partisan as Pelosi, this country has seen a huge decline in its fortunes since Reid has held power in the senate.

    Are you better off now than you were in 2006?

    October 1, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  3. Jason

    Apparently Ms. Lowden forgets which party led us to this point... and it sure wasn't the Dems
    Americans can be stupid about rememberin our recent history, and I guess that is what she is counting on

    October 1, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  4. Greg

    Good luck getting Reid out of Office and save the USA

    October 1, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  5. Nevada Mom

    I can only hope the people of Nevada will do their own research rather than simply listen to the political adds that the media puts out.
    Don't assume what you hear is true! Don't go by which candidate has the most money to spend on campaign adds. RESEARCH BEFORE YOU VOTE!

    October 1, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  6. Grahame

    Oh God Please
    Not another failed beauty queen.

    October 1, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  7. Bluebonnet

    If Nevadans are crazy enough to vote scary Harry back into office like the idiots that voted Frank back in, deserve the (non) representation you will get. Reid is a loser!!!

    October 1, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  8. GI Joe

    Hey Nevada – it's the womanizing senator that needs to be kicked out. Look at his mis-use of funds (paying his mistress' husband and teenage son using republican funds).

    Kick out the one that needs to go.

    October 1, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  9. Martin Sonopel

    First priority, Nevada, is to get rid of that dumb "the war is lost" Reid.

    October 1, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  10. B. Smith

    $25 million!!!! Boy he must be able to grease the palms of some deep pockets. Maybe the same ones who fronted the Annointed One. Super Left Liberal George Soros, me thinks. Wake up Nevada it is time for you to blow this Reid away.

    October 1, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  11. liberals make me puke

    get Reid out NOW

    October 1, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  12. We Won Get Over It

    Ever heard the expression...the more they come the dumber they get. Not that I am implying this woman is dumb, but it seems to me a republican thinks all they need to run for office is announce they are republican and they will get it....if the people of Nevada want to continue to enjoy the perks of their gambling business they better not put a republican in office. I tell you right now I know of hundreds who will pay extra to head to the Indian casinos.

    October 1, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  13. virginia nielsen

    Everything that she said is due to Bush's irresponsability in the last 8 years!!! We can see already that she is Republican: ex Miss and totally air head !!! Out of touch !!!

    October 1, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  14. I can see Canada from my house!

    " ...it's a problem brought on by an unresponsive, out-of touch federal government."

    Wonder what she was thinking when Katrina hit?

    October 1, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |