WASHINGTON, March 18, 2016 — Sharron Angle, a Nevada tea-party conservative, has filed paperwork to make an encore run for the soon-to-be-vacant U.S. Senate seat of Democrat Harry Reid.
Angle says that she has registered in Carson City after months of testing the water and hinting at a possible second bid:
“The people know who I am—they know I am the anti-establishment candidate. I’m counting on the grassroots one more time.”
Angle is running against Republican frontrunner, three-term Rep. Joe Heck. In 2010, during the tea-party surge, Angle won 40 percent of the vote in the primary before losing to Reid by a scant 6 percent.
Like Donald Trump fighting against establishment Republicans, Angle is facing off against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell who is attempting to steer voters from tea-party and outsider candidates who he feels will not win general elections.
Now Heck’s hopes to claim the seat over Reid’s chosen successor, former Democratic Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto, may be derailed in this election year that is going to those in the outfield.
Masto will run against Black Lives Matter activist Allen Rheinhart.
“It was the clamor of the people,” Angle said. “People would walk up to me in the grocery store. People would say, ‘I sure hope you run.’ People all over the U.S.”
Angle won the Republican nomination in a divisive three-way primary in 2010, then lost to Reid in the general election, 50 to 45 percent. A former state assemblywoman, Angle also lost a 2006 GOP primary race for the U.S. House.
“I think there is a window of opportunity right now for any conservative who is not part of the D.C. establishment,” Angle said in an interview in February. “We have seen that with the presidential race. I think that is why Donald Trump has gotten so much traction.”