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The GOP's Angle Problem: Nevada's Upcoming Special House Election


In addition, The Hill reports:

That process would likely leave Angle on the outs given that she's not exactly a favorite of party insiders. Nevada Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki (R) also wants the seat and Nevada Republicans view him as a much more electable choice. State GOP Chairman Mark Amodei would also be in the mix.

According to one GOP insider in Nevada, "That's not even a contest. They won't pick Angle."

However, the Las Vegas Sun reports that the state's special election laws aren't so straightforward, and the race could potentially see additional candidates:

Some lawyers argue the law allows multiple major party candidates to file for the election, instead of putting the nominating decision to the parties' central committees. In that case, several Republicans and several Democrats could vie for the seat on the same ballot.

Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller said he will make a decision on the process after reviewing all of the applicable laws if Heller is appointed.

What's more, The Hill's report noted that the statute might not preclude having a primary, but that local Nevada Republicans expect the state GOP's central committee to ultimately select the nominee.

Interestingly, Angle actually carried the most Republican district in the state, in the 2010 Senate race. However, her latest campaign is already off to a rough and controversial start, such as when she said that the Veterans of Foreign Wars PAC "betrayed America" when it endorsed Reid. Dealing with Angle's baggage is probably not a job the Nevada GOP wants.

So what happens if she gets snubbed by the party? Could she launch an independent bid? Would her base stay home, rather than support the establishment candidate? And even if another GOP nominee did win, would Angle continue out on the trail in a primary challenge?

There's only one way to find out!