How scared is the Republican Party in Nevada that Sharron Angle might become a spoiler in the special election to replace Rep. Dean Heller in Congress?
Scared enough to sue over the “free for all” election the Secretary of State is allowing in September.
Originally, the Republican Party was under the impression that each party would get to nominate one endorsee for the ballot, allowing party insiders to simply hand-pick who they want to see run. However, after studying the rules on special elections for the state, the Secretary deemed that it was supposed to be an “open” election — meaning no primary, and any candidate who put his or her name on the ballot would be considered. And with no filing fee required in a special election, that cold mean a lot of candidates.
Nevada political reporter Jon Ralston has dubbed the GOP legal action the “Stop Sharron Angle lawsuit,” with the Republican party declaring that “a fundamental principle of Nevada’s electoral statutes is that in a partisan election there shall be only one nominee from each political party.”
If Angle and another Republican both run, the party worries, then that could splinter the Republican vote, allowing a Democrat a better shot at winning the seat. If Angle and multiple other Republicans run, it can only get worse.
However, things aren’t set in stone even if the GOP doesn’t get their way. It appears that multiple Democrats are also pursuing the ballot, meaning the votes on the left may be just as fractured as the ones on the right.
It also means that despite being a totally fringe candidate, Sharron Angle might actually have a shot at winning that seat.