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Ensign Exit Eases GOP’s Nevada Woes

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Sen. John Ensign announced that he won’t seek a third term in 2012. “There are consequences to sin,” Ensign told supporters, referring to his extramarital affair that surely would have been an issue in a GOP primary.

Ensign said an ugly campaign could cause a great deal more pain than has already been felt as a result of my actions. Ensign added that he would rather focus on his work in the Senate than deal with the distractions stemming from a re-election bid.

Former Nevada GOP Executive Director Dan Burdish said prior to Ensigns announcement that some people are extremely upset with John and it has nothing to do with having an extramarital affair; its that he slept with his best friends wife.

Also weighing on Ensign was growing evidence that he would not be viable against Heller, who released a poll last month showing him leading Ensign by 15 points in a primary matchup.

I think everyone is kind of relieved in Nevada that this wont be hanging out there any more, Uithoven said.

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