(LAS VEGAS, KXNT)–Nevada U.S. Senator Harry Reid has disclosed he will seek re-election for a sixth term in 2016.
Reid will be 74 in December.
In an interview in Politico, Reid issued a challenge to a possible opponent, Governor Brian Sandoval, “Hey, listen, if he wants to run midterm, let him. I would remind him and everybody else that doesn’t work very well. Anytime anyone who is a governor leaves midterm, it just doesn’t work very well.”
Sandoval is expected to run for re-election as Governor of Nevada next year, but has been widely mentioned as the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2016. Reid once helped put Sandoval on the federal bench, but Sandoval later left the lifetime job in 2009 to run for Governor, ironically defeating Reid’s son Rory in 2010, the same year the now five-term Harry Reid defeated Sharron Angle for the Senate.
The disclosure by Reid is not considered a big surprise. Political experts say Reid might consider changing his mind if Democrats were to lose the Senate in 2014, thus ending his reign as Majority Leader.