Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) delighted Republicans across the country this morning by announcing that he will not seek reelection.
“On the verge of losing his own election and after losing the majority, Senator Harry Reid has decided to hang up his rusty spurs,” the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s Ward Baker says in a statement. “Not only does Reid instantly become irrelevant and a lame duck, his retirement signals that there is no hope for the Democrats to regain control of the Senate. With the exception of Reid, every elected statewide official in Nevada is Republican and this race is the top pickup opportunity for the GOP.”
Nevada Republicans feel good about their chances of picking up Reid’s seat. “Nevada Democrats just lost their quarterback, coach and team owner, all in one fell swoop,” as one GOP strategist told the Washington Examiner’s David Drucker.
There could be a downside, though, when it comes to the elections. Without Reid on the ballot, Democrats can back a nominee who didn’t ramrod Obamacare through the Senate. And Republicans might have a harder time raising the tens of millions of dollars that would have flowed to Nevada if the GOP were looking to take out the top Senate Democrat.