Angle to sit out 2012 election
March 16th, 2012
03:51 PM ET
2 years ago

Angle to sit out 2012 election

(CNN) – Sharron Angle, the tea party aligned Republican who came close to unseating Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid in 2010, announced Friday that she would not seek elected office this cycle.

The former Nevada state legislator who has been unsuccessful in several bids for federal offices announced this and plans to produce a documentary in an e-mail sent to supporters by her political committee, Our Voice PAC.

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Angle has alleged voting irregularities before: she quit a 2011 special elections for the US House, calling the process a "mockery" of voting rights. In the 2010 Senate bid, she accused a casino operator of pressuring employees to support Reid, a complaint which his campaign said "has no credibility on its face."

The issue will be the feature of the documentary Angle said she will produce.

"Over the past 18 months I've become keenly aware of an epidemic that's swept out nation eating away the very fabric of our freedoms," she wrote in the email. "Make no mistake about it, elections are being manipulated in every corner of our country. From small towns to big cities. No community is immune to this travesty of liberty."

Allegations of election fraud and irregularities were tossed back and forth in the 2008 and 2010 election. In November 2008, over 400 federal election monitors went to 18 states, with the most significant issues being technical glitches with computerized voting machines.

After four terms in the Nevada state legislature and unsuccessful bids for higher office, Angle toured early primary states in 2011, stoking speculation of a presidential bid.

Angle endorsed presidential hopeful Rick Santorum in early February ahead of the Nevada caucuses.

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Filed under: 2012 • Nevada • Sharron Angle
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Karl Jonas

    Losing by 6 percentage points isn't "coming close."

    March 16, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  2. Steve- Illinois

    For a fringe candidate running against the Senate majority leader, 6 pts is incredibly close!!!

    March 16, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  3. Woman In California

    Thanks for the Friday afternoon laugh CNN. I needed it.

    March 16, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Had she, and a couple of others, been in the Senate last summer, they would have shut the government down. We came that close to defaulting on our national debts.

    March 16, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  5. ST

    Sharon Angle announced will not seek elected office this cycle. That is fine even another cycle after will not be suitable for you, as I do l guess the time is not still in your side Madam!

    March 16, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  6. Annie, Atlanta

    Rudy NYC – and that debt was incurred by congress in the first place. Unbelievable that the people we trust in office would jeopardize our country. Wonder if we'll be so trusting the next time around, or maybe pay closer attention to what folks say before we blindly vote for them.

    March 16, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  7. Todd C

    In a message to supporters, Ms. Angle wrote, "'Crazy' doesn't seem to be selling well this election cycle. Since I have no plans that could conceivably help the economy or solve any real matter of importance, I've decided to focus on exploiting you all for financial gain by making a movie and keeping myself in the public spotlight long enough to return to politics at a time when voters are less concern with affording their next meal."

    March 16, 2012 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    Make no mistake about it, elections are being manipulated in every corner of our country
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    Yes Sharon, you're correct, and it is happening through the new Voting Laws that your Party is surreptiously putting into place in many states.
    Take your chickens, go home, and good riddance to you.

    March 16, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  9. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Instead the people of Neveda stupidly sent Harry Reid back to the Senate where he has single-handedly blocked just about every piece of legislation FOR TWO YEARS. You dummies deserve your country leading unemployment rate!

    March 16, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  10. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)
    Make no mistake about it, elections are being manipulated in every corner of our country
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    Yes Sharon, you're correct, and it is happening through the new Voting Laws that your Party is surreptiously putting into place in many states.
    ==============================================================================================

    Yes, because we all know that when legitimate legal voters get to vote, that is the ultimate in manipulation to the leftists. What about all the dead people and illegals?!! What about THEIR voting rights!

    March 16, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  11. Darla (Edmonton, Canada)

    Clearly, she realizes that all seats in the GOP clown car are taken.

    March 16, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  12. Marie MD

    Thank you CNN, really and truly thank you. Hard week at the office I needed a good laugh just about now.
    The MN flake sounds "normal" some times but this angle is truly nuts!
    Yes, crazy one, and it's your party that is manipulating and making it sure a LOT of citizens can't vote!
    Go back to your padded room.

    March 16, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |