Harry Reid Back at Work After Exercising Accident

20 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Election Expert: Harry Reid Is ‘Most Endangered Democrat’ On 2016 Senate Ballot.

“He’s the most endangered Democrat on the ballot for Senate in 2016,” Larry Sabato, a professor of political science at the University of Virginia, said of Reid in an interview with Fox News on Monday. “If the Republicans can get the current Republican governor, Brian Sandoval — governor of Nevada just reelected in a landslide — if they can get Sandoval to run, I think it’s possible either Reid will decide not to run again or he’ll be defeated,” said Sabato. “Of all the senators who’ve been elected to five terms or more since we’ve started popular elections, Harry Reid has squeaked through more times than any of the others,” said Sabato. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Tuesday returned to work in his Washington, D.C., office, but was not expected to attend President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night. It’s also possible that he will retire, although his heavy fundraising and public comments suggest that he’s running again,” said the latest report from analyst Geoffrey Skelley.

Reid, first elected in 1986 to the Senate, is “probably the most vulnerable Democratic incumbent” for the upcoming Senate races, Newsmax senate-democrat/2015/01/19/id/619461/” target=”_blank”>reported. “The unpopular Reid had a very difficult campaign in 2010, but he survived thanks to his hapless, foot-in-mouth opponent, Sharron Angle, and a tremendous ground operation,” Mr. Other Democrats whose seats could be in play in 2016 include Colorado’s Michael Bennett, Connecticut’s Richard Blumenthal, Oregon’s Ron Wyden and Washington’s Patty Murray. The analysis found that of all senators ever to seek a sixth term, Reid’s ratings and margin of victory in past races puts him on the endangered list. Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) has handled Reid’s duties, which have mostly been speeches only in the few days the Senate has been working this year.

Reid, 75, remains under strict observation of doctors who are monitoring his recovery from injuries suffered in the exercise accident in late December at his Las Vegas-area home. In a recent radio interview he didn’t rule out possibly losing vision in the eye, but said doctors would need more time to examine his eye once bones around it healed.

Sandoval “is so formidable and popular that his entry into the race would make Reid an underdog,” Newsmax reported. citing the Crystal Ball findings. “We would move the rating [for the state] to ‘Leans Republican.’ “ Dick Durbin of Illinois, read a feisty statement from Reid on the second day of the new Congress in which Reid said, “I have no intention of just rolling over” to the new Republican majority. He said on KNPR that the accident came at the end of his three-day-a-week exercise routine, where he aims for 250 sit ups, does “yoga-type stuff” and resistance-band work. Reid said he was using the second-strongest band when it snapped “and it catapulted me backwards and to one side, and I crashed into a series of cabinets we have.” Reid broke multiple bones near his right eye and as many as four ribs as he hit the floor.

Over the weekend, his campaign sent out a fundraising email highlighting Reid’s work promoting clean energy in Nevada and halting plans to store the nation’s nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain.

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