Beyond the Beltway
By Michael Green
There’s Gonna Be a Shootout
This would be the second time Tarkanian has run for the Senate. The first time, in 2010, he seemed likely to run behind the presumptive front-runner, Sue Lowden. Instead, both of them ran well behind Sharron Angle, the northerner who ran well to the right of them. This time, unless another person gets in, there’s no question Tarkanian is the more right-leaning candidate.
Serious primary challenges to incumbent senators have been rare. We’ve discussed them in the Inside the Beltway column. But the interesting thing is that any time there has been a tough, serious primary for the Senate, it has tended to involve Democrats. Granted, Republicans have held Senate seats from Nevada less often than Democrats have in the past century, and that’s a factor. But let’s just say this is historically unusual.