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Nevada GOP Sues Over “Free For All” Special Election

Nevada GOP Sues Over “Free For All” Special Election

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.


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5:49AM PDT on May 10, 2011

Maybe an Inteligent Independant will run and beat then all? let all run it will be fun to watch that Bassakwards state set in court and figure it all out.

10:03AM PDT on May 8, 2011

money for nothing and your politicians for a fee

6:02AM PDT on May 8, 2011

What do people have against the Angle? After all, she is no longer a witch.

9:51PM PDT on May 7, 2011

Pure insanity, not the article, the Nevada election law.

9:12PM PDT on May 7, 2011

I re-read this article three times as I could not believe what I was reading. It was written as a commerical against "Angle" who lost to the Nevada Crook Reid. If the author was fair and unbiased then it may be worth paying attention too, but she holds no limit to her bias. The author is a true idiot.

8:09PM PDT on May 7, 2011


2:31PM PDT on May 7, 2011

Let the Angle run. Can't hurt anybody but the Rethugs.

10:54AM PDT on May 7, 2011

OMG, I hoped we had seen the last of her. I should have known better.

10:41AM PDT on May 7, 2011

I thought we had democracy in the US.
Democracy = Government by the People for the People..It is everything but that..We have now a rightwing Theocracy and Government by the large Multinationals...and it is our fault for sitting on our asses all numbed by the mind killing media governed by the very same Multinationals.

10:38AM PDT on May 7, 2011

Agree with you Brian. "If we want real election reform, we have to put an end to corporate donations and limit individual contributions. The influence of business and/or individually wealthy people drowns out the voice of those who can't afford the ticket so to speak...that's not real democracy!"
And better yet let's delete funding period what a racket money laundering bribe system that is! If people want to run based on their ability to raise capitol, why is it that we always end up with debt and a ruling class that is smaller and smaller making gains while everything for we the people is rationed and cut, oh except taxes of course.And we are supposed to wait while they rob us of our life liberty and pursuit of happiness.

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