Sharron Angle has rescinded her candidacy for the “free for all” special election to replace Nevada Congressman Dean Heller, calling the process “illegitimate.”
The Washington Post reports Angle stating, “Current outcomes concerning the special election have made this election in Nevada an illegitimate process that disenfranchises the electorate. Clearly, no solution that the Supreme Court can make will correct the injury to free and open elections caused by ambiguous laws and subsequent lawsuits.”
Angle’s complaint revolved around the process for the special election, which was expected to be either a free-for-all race with at least seven prospective candidates, or, as the Republican Party wanted, an election with one candidate from each party — candidates chosen by the Party leaders themselves.
The Secretary of State ruled in favor of the free-for-all proposal, and courts are now trying to settle the issue. Angle, on the other hand, was vying for a primary followed by a general election, just like a regular election year race.
Registration for prospective candidates opened today, with the election to be held September 13th. Whoever wins the seat will finish off the term of Republican Congressman Dean Heller, who was appointed to replace Republican Senator John Ensign, who resigned amid scandal last month.