Nevada Senator John Ensign had already announced he would not be running for reelection. But now the scandal-plagued Republican has said he will not be finishing his term, instead, resigning as of May 3rd.
“The turbulence of these last few years is greatly surpassed by the incredible privilege that I feel to have been entrusted to serve the people of Nevada,” Ensign said.
Ensign, who was in mid ethics probe for an extramarital affair with a former campaign aide, was is expected to be replaced by current Republican Representative Dean Heller, leaving Heller’s seat open. According to Dave Weigel at Slate, that means a special election for someone to finish the rest of Heller’s term, and it appears that candidates are nominated by the party to run, rather than a traditional primary.
If the party players pick a favorite, what are the odds that they are going to choose Tea Party Queen Sharron Angle, who is trying desperately to grab Heller’s seat?