Tea Party's Sharron Angle joins fight for Reid's seat

Sharron Angle, a controversial Tea Party Republican who upset the 2010 Nevada GOP primary is reviving her bid for the Senate, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports

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She will face off against Rep. Joe Heck in the primary, hoping to fill Democratic Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidThis obscure Senate rule could let VP Mike Pence fully repeal ObamaCare once and for all Sharron Angle to challenge GOP rep in Nevada Fox's Watters asks Trump whom he would fire: Baldwin, Schumer or Zucker MORE’s spot after his retirement.

Angle was part of the 2010 Tea Party surge and captured 40 percent of the vote in the 2010 primary. She lost to Reid by about 6 percentage points. 

GOP leadership, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellThe Memo: Winners and losers from the battle over health care GOP senators pitch alternatives after House pulls ObamaCare repeal bill Under pressure, Dems hold back Gorsuch support MORE, has tried to steer voters away from Tea Party candidates who are less likely to win in general elections in order to maintain control of the Senate. 

“What we did in 2014 was we didn’t have more Christine O’Donnell’s, Sharron Angles, Richard Mourdocks or Todd Akins. The people that were nominated [last year] were electable,” McConnell said in December, referring to the last midterm cycle. “That will happen again in 2016. We will not nominate anybody for the United States Senate on the Republican side who’s not appealing to a general-election audience."

On the Democratic side of the Nevada Senate race, Reid has backed Catherine Cortez Masto, former state attorney general, who will run against Black Lives Matter activist Allen Rheinhart.