John Ensign Could Face Major Challenges In 2012

Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) may no longer be the subject of an investigation into whether he violated federal restrictions after partaking in an extramarital affair with the wife of one of his top campaign staffers, but that is just a small st…

Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) may no longer be the subject of an investigation into whether he violated federal restrictions after partaking in an extramarital affair with the wife of one of his top campaign staffers, but that is just a small step toward brushing Nevada’s desert dust from the gears of his quest for reelection.

Ensign officially announced last month that he’d be mounting a campaign return to the seat that he first won in 2000, claiming that he still had “a lot to offer the state and our country.” But Nevada’s GOP doesn’t seem ready to hand him the party’s keys to the vital Senate seat.

Roll Call reports that U.S. Rep. Dean Heller has been receiving internal pressure to move forward in an effort to challenge Ensign in a primary, and many Nevada politicos view him as a strong and respectable alternative to the scandal-plagued Ensign.

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