Harry Reid Kicks Off Tough Re-election Campaign

Will it be his last?

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid may have become a hero to beltway Democrats for his role in passing health care reform, but back home in Nevada things aren't looking as rosy. Senator Reid faces a difficult reelection in November. Now that he's officially starting his campaign, just how hard does this look? A new Rasmussen poll shows him trailing against all three potential GOP challengers. What does the rocky campaign road mean for Reid, for Democrats, and for the legislative agenda Reid has been so key in pushing?

  • Nevadans Don't Like Incumbents, Health Care  Both bad signs for Reid, notes the L.A. Times' Andrew Malcolm. "Fully 62% of Nevadans think it would be a good thing if most incumbents up for reelection across these United States lost this coming November. An identical 62% of Nevadans also think it would be a good thing if President Obama's recently signed healthcare legislation was repealed; that figure is slightly higher than the national repeal rate," he writes. "It appears he's going to need those millions from two Obama fundraisers in-state."
  • Reid Takes Health Care Heat  Commentary's Jennifer Rubin evaluates, "It is hard enough for the average Senate Democrat who rubber-stamped ObamaCare to escape the ire of voters, but it’s simply impossible for Reid, who steamrolled the bill through the Senate, to put any distance between himself and all the noxious elements of the bill that have enraged voters."
  • Reid Warring With Local Paper  Talking Points Memo's Eric Kleefeld reports on Reid's difficult relationship with the Las Vegas Review-Journal, which Reid says "runs an editorial every other day against me." Kleefeld notes recent the newspaper has shown some polls very discouraging to Reid's chances. "The newspaper and poll that Reid referred to was the Las Vegas Review-Journal, a newspaper with whom Reid has had a rocky relationship to say the least. As just on example, last summer he reportedly told them that he hoped they go out of business."
  • Dem Leaders Suffering  RedState's Neil Stevens boasts, "The Democrat is looking likely to be the second consecutive incumbent floor leader for his party to be voted out of office. Conventional wisdom says incumbents below 50 are vulnerable. Well, two of the three Republicans running to replace him are now above 50, and the third is at 49," he writes, referencing Democratic Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle's 2004 defeat. "Senate floor leaders for the Democrats seem to be an endangered species."
  • Tea Partiers in Reid's Home Town  Conservative blogger Robert Stacy McCain posts video of a March 27 Tea Party rally in Reid's home town of Searchlight, Nevada.