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Monday, January 23, 2006

NV-03: Reid Staffer Mulling Challenge to Porter

Posted by DavidNYC

Nevada's third CD is one of those super-tantalizing districts. It's virtually 50-50 on the presidential level. Yet somehow, we haven't been able to find a serious challenger to incumbent Rep. Jon Porter. Via Hugh at the Gleaner, we're told that may soon be changing:

Democratic Sen. Harry Reid's press secretary Tessa Hafen resigned Monday to consider challenging Nevada Rep. Jon Porter for Congress, two Democratic sources said.

Hugh has the full run-down on Hafen's strengths and weaknesses here. The basic 411: Her family name is well-known in the district (her dad is a local politician); she's very young (only 29); and obviously, she's tied in with Harry Reid, which can cut both ways. In any event, it's heartening to see a real candidate emerge here - as I've often said, there's no way we can take back the House unless we challenge the close districts.

Posted at 06:35 PM in 2006 Elections - House, Nevada | Technorati

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I like the sound of that.

When it comes to the field of women under 30, there have been more questionable candidates (Capri Cafaro). But Tessa Hafen seems like a pretty good candidate, if she runs.

Posted by: RBH [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 23, 2006 08:58 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

Samara Barend was a lot better than Cafaro. Cafaro spent $2 mil to get 37% in a 53-47 district. Barend spent $600K to get 41% in a 56-42 district.

Posted by: DavidNYC [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 23, 2006 09:03 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

A lot of candidates are better than one who spends $2M to get 37%.

I wonder how much money Cafaro will sink on running in the 13th district.

Posted by: RBH [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 23, 2006 09:12 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment