April 24, 2014 SIGN IN | REGISTER
Click Here to Register for Our Next Webinar Tuesday on Midterm Elections

Nevada Republicans Line Up to Depose Reid in 2016

Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo
Reid could face a challenge for his Senate seat from Sandoval in 2016.

For the Democrats, insiders repeatedly named state Sen. Ruben Kihuen and Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller, whoís currently running for attorney general, as potential candidates for Congress ó eventually.

Kihuen briefly intended to run in the 1st District in 2011 before bowing out. Sources said if Miller has a choice someday, he would prefer to run for governor over Congress.

State Treasurer Kate Marshall, a Democrat, and state Sen. Barbara Cegavske, a Republican, are running for Nevada secretary of state. Both recently lost bids for Congress ó Marshall in the 2nd District and Cegavske in 4th.

State Assemblywoman Lucy Flores currently serves in Las Vegas, and sources noted her ambition. But her path to Congress isnít clear, given that Titus just picked up that district seat in 2012.

Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto, a Democrat, could run for Senate eventually, a couple of party insiders said.

Nevada Republicansí greatest impediment to toppling Reid is not their deep bench. Itís the state partyís infrastructure.

The Nevada GOP is one of the most dysfunctional state parties in the country. Supporters of former Texas Rep. Ron Paul have infiltrated much of the partyís infrastructure. Operations got so bad last year that the national GOP was forced to set up a shadow operation to compete in the state.

Democratic insiders said their state party looks to Reid as a bellwether who gives direction and rigidity to the party. But Nevada Republicans donít have a similarly centralizing figure in the official party structure.

ďHarry Reid has built a machine, ... a foundation for technical performance,Ē a Democratic operative said. ďThere isnít an elected [Republican] official who pays much attention to party politics.Ē

The GOP will need discipline and organization to succeed as Nevadaís demographics continue to change.

After the 2010 census, the state gained another congressional district, thanks in part to a burgeoning Latino population. On the whole, Democrats have done better courting the Hispanic vote in the state.

Nevada ďsure isnít as red as it used to be,Ē an operative said, noting the increase in Latino voters.

Farm Team is a weekly, state-by-state look at the up-and-coming politicos who may eventually run for Congress.

comments powered by Disqus




Want Roll Call on your doorstep?