Popular Nevada governor looms over fight for Reid seat

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid’s decision to retire next year leaves no clear successor in his home state of Nevada.

Popular Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval appears reluctant to change jobs.

And the pending loss of Reid’s clout in Washington is causing anxiety over who might replace him.

Sandoval is likely to face intense pressure from national Republicans and business interests to pick up where Reid leaves off on Capitol Hill.

Sandoval didn’t deliver an unequivocal “no” Friday but he made clear the 2016 contest wasn’t on his current agenda.

Beyond the governor, the race would be wide open.

Reid quickly blessed former Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto, while Rep. Dina Titus, another Democrat, said she would consider a bid. Among Republicans, other possibilities are Rep. Joe Heck, Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt and former Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki.
 

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