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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