Embattled Senator John Ensign admits he will have an uphill battle to win re-election in 2012.
The “Las Vegas Sun” says Ensign and Congressman Dean Heller attended the same event before human resources executives in Reno on Wednesday. Heller, who is reportedly considering a bid to challenge Ensign in the Republican primary, told reporters he had “no timeline for making that determination.” Heller also said if Ensign wants to run for another term, he wouldn’t mind if he gave voters “a choice if it winds up being a head-to-head.” Ensign, who has been running behind Heller and several Democrats in a recent poll, told reporters his situation was similar to fellow Senator Harry Reid, who was “down double digits” against Republican challengers, but went on to win re-election by more than five points over Sharron Angle. Ensign is considered vulnerable due to his admission that he had an affair with the wife of a former aide, and the Senate Ethics Committee is looking into whether he violated ethics rules. Ensign admits his bid for another term “is going to be very, very difficult.”