Sharron Angle won't launch Independent bid

Nevada Republican Sharron Angle has no intention of running as an Independent in a potential special election to fill Rep. Dean Heller's (R-Nev.) House seat, she said Tuesday.

Angle contradicted a story from the Las Vegas Review-Journal, which reported the party's 2010 nominee against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) was weighing an Independent bid in the event she was passed over by party insiders.

In a statement, Angle said she will run in 2012 no matter what.

"I look forward to running in a legitimate campaign cycle where all registered voters are able to participate in both a primary and general election," Angle said. "A special election free-for-all, or a situation where party insiders nominate a candidate, does disservice to our representative democracy."

Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) is expected to make an appointment by May 3 to fill the seat of Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.). Sandoval is widely expected to pick Heller, who is already in the 2012 race for Ensign's seat.

That pick would set the stage for a special election to fill Heller's vacant House seat, but state elections officials are still trying to determine whether the candidates would be selected by party officials or would run in an open election.

A spokesman for Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller said Friday that should Sandoval appoint Heller, the secretary of state's office will have clarity on the special-election process by the time Heller's House seat is declared vacant.