“Conservatives as well as centrist Republicans are looking at Amodei because he appeals to both groups,” Smith said. “Angle does not appeal to both groups.”
Amodei is a former state Senator from the Carson City area. Krolicki is in his second term as lieutenant governor after serving two terms as state treasurer.
If she runs, it would be Angle’s second attempt to win this seat. She lost to Heller by just 421 votes in the 2006 GOP primary. Angle won Reno’s Washoe County — by far the most populous in the district — by more than 2,000 votes. Against Reid in 2010, however, Angle lost Washoe County by more than 7,000 votes.
Democrats looking at the House race include state Treasurer Kate Marshall, who is also looking at the Senate race; Jill Derby, who lost to Heller in 2006 and 2008; and Assemblywoman Debbie Smith.
“Debbie’s name is on the tip of the tongue of all the operatives and political consultants in the area,” said Shaun Gray, executive director of the Washoe County Democratic Party.
A source close to Smith said she is not thinking about the race. “She’s focused on her job as Ways and Means chairman and closing the enormous state deficit,” the source said.
The expansive district, which is the largest in the country besides at-large districts, leans Republican. It covers much of the state, while the other two districts lay within Las Vegas’ Clark County in the lower corner of Nevada.
While the 2nd district could remain largely intact in redistricting, it could also be sliced up to make room for the new 4th district, which was added through reapportionment. The state Legislature redistricting panels began meeting last week, and they hope to have legislative and Congressional districts drawn before the legislative session ends in early June.
“Historically, that’s where it’s been,” state Assemblyman Tick Segerblom (D), chairman of the chamber’s redistricting panel, said of the district remaining largely in rural Nevada. “All things being equal, Northern Nevada and rural Nevada like to have their own seat,”
Should it remain largely intact, Segerblom said, it would be “a very strong Republican seat.”