From the last Morning Jolt until April 6:
We Won’t Have Harry Reid to Kick Around for Much Longer!
Senator Harry Reid, the tough tactician who has led Senate Democrats since 2005, will not seek re-election next year, bringing an end to a three-decade congressional career that culminated with his push of President Obama’s ambitious agenda against fierce Republican resistance.
That is a fantastic open-seat opportunity for Republicans, who mopped the floor with Democrats in the 2014 elections in Nevada.
This is really good news for Senator Brian Sandoval. I mean, Governor Brian Sandoval. I mean, for now.
The perception was that Sandoval wasn’t interested in running against Reid. He may never get a better opportunity than this coming open-seat race…
This morning, the buzz — keep an eye on Jon Ralston, who covers Nevada politics like no one else — is that the Democrats’ best option is former state attorney general Catherine Cortez Mastio. But this open seat comes after a 2014 election cycle that was just horrific for Democrats, in which they lost the races for governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, state attorney general, state treasurer, and state controller, lost a U.S. House seat they had previously held, lost control of the state senate (with a one-seat flip), and lost control of the state sssembly. Last year wiped out a lot of whatever rising talent Nevada Democrats had.
Note this in Reid’s exit interview with the Times:
He also said he was worried his race would consume campaign money that would be needed in other competitive states as Democrats try to regain control of the Senate.
“I think it is unfair for me to be soaking up all the money to be re-elected with what we are doing in Maryland, in Pennsylvania, in Missouri, in Florida,” he said. “These are big, expensive states.”
Maryland? I see the Democrats’ hopes of knocking off Pat Toomey in Pennsylvania (possible, particularly in a presidential election year, but Toomey’s making the right moves so far), Roy Blunt in Missouri (not very likely), and in Florida’s almost-certain open-seat Senate race . . . but Maryland? With presidential-year turnout?