Sharron Angle Likely To Win Senate Seat In Arizona

Who Runs Gov reports on Sharron Angle: The former Washoe County assemblywoman was the surprise winner of the GOP primary to face Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) in 2010. Since then, the hits on her controversial views have kept coming.

In a midterm year when incumbents were weak and Republicans played offense, Reid was perhaps the biggest prize of all. The top Senate Democrat was floundering at home in Nevada, as his state suffered terrible job losses through the 2008-2009 economic crisis. From his leadership perch, Reid was also a key part of pushing President Obama’s controversial health-care reform overhaul. 

Once an underdog against two better-funded and higher-profile GOP candidates, Angle won endorsements from the Tea Party Express and Sarah Palin, and capitalized on major gaffes by her foes to pull off a big win in the June 2010 GOP primary. Pappas, Alex, The Daily Caller, “How Sharron Angle, the choice of the tea Party, became Harry Reid’s challenger,” June 9, 2010(1)Pappas, Alex, The Daily Caller, “How Sharron Angle, the choice of the tea Party, became Harry Reid’s challenger,” June 9, 2010

But her views are controversial; she wants to eliminate the Education Department, appeared to endorse armed insurrection if political means failed to bring about reform and Sargent, Greg, The Plum Line, June 18, 2010(2)Sargent, Greg, The Plum Line, June 18, 2010 once favored outlawing alcohol.

Of course, Reid’s strategy is to paint Angle, who is actually a former Democrat, as a far-right extremist. It may be his only chance to win. Sargent, Greg, The Plum Line, June 8, 2010(3)

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