Reid returns to Capitol after exercise injury

20 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Democratic Leader Reid returns to Capitol after exercise injury.

WASHINGTON — Sen. “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.

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. The Senate’s top Democrat has broken bones in his face and fractured ribs suffered when a piece of exercise equipment broke and sent him barreling into cabinets at his new home in Nevada. While Reid’s exact schedule is not yet set, he is not expected to attend President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night at the Capitol, said the aides, who weren’t authorized to speak publicly about the plans.

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. 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.’ “

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