Shake up in Nevada Senate battle
August 10th, 2011
12:59 PM ET
11 years ago

Shake up in Nevada Senate battle

(CNN) - A wealthy Las Vegas attorney who was running for Senate in Nevada is terminating his campaign.

In a statement Wednesday, Byron Georgiou announced that he is ending his bid for his state's Democratic Senate nomination next year.

"I continue to believe that my background and experience well qualify me to serve in the Senate. However, at this time, I have concluded that I can more effectively contribute to resolution of the serious economic issues facing our state and nation through my work in the private sector, in the areas of clean energy, healthcare information technology, and broadband development," said Georgiou in his statement.

Georgiou's dropping out leaves seven-term Rep. Shelley Berkley as the only other Democrat who has announced in the race to take on Republican Sen. Dean Heller. The three-term congressman was appointed to the Senate in May by Nevada's GOP governor, Brian Sandoval, after a fellow Republican, Sen. John Ensign, who was under an ethics investigation, resigned.

Georgiou is a financial lawyer and an investor. In 2009, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid appointed him to the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission. Georgiou jumped into the race before Berkley, but once she announced Reid supported her and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee endorsed Berkley.

Two of the top non-partisan political handicappers, the Rothenberg Political Report and the Cook Political Report, both characterize the contest in Nevada as a toss up.

Democrats currently have a 53 to 47 majority in the Senate. They are defending 23 seats (21 Democrats and two independents who caucus with the party) next year, with the GOP defending 10 seats.

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Filed under: 2012 • Nevada • Senate
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    If Nevada sends another worthless Democrat to the Senate the country will never forgive them. The country is still suffering from the heinous act of returning Harry Reid to DC. Clean up your act Nevada!!!

    August 10, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Each state has two senators. Right? When a senator leaves offices during their term, each state has a process to select replacement, who finishes out the term. So, I would think that means that each state holds senate elections every six years for their two senators. Right? Let me know if I have it wrong.

    The Democratic caucus has 23 seats open to election, and the Republican caucus has 10. That adds up to 33 seats. How is it possible that there is an odd number of senate seats up for election?

    August 10, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Ah, that's right. Nevada is at least one state that is electing only one senator. Reid beat Engle last year. Doesn't, or shouldnt't, Heller stay in the senate until the term expires? How did this mis-alignment of senate terms come about?

    August 10, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  4. smart choices

    Nevada had two poor choices for the senate last year. Reid didn't deserve to go back, but got the votes (and paid a lot for them-$$$).

    Next election, we need to vote out at least 15 of the democrats–including the Nevada appointee.

    August 10, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |