U.S. Rep. Joe Heck, R-Nev., on Monday became the leading GOP candidate in the 2016 race to succeed retiring Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev.
And while Reid won’t be on the ballot, Heck’s official announcement made it clear the former majority leader of the U.S. Senate and a force in Nevada politics for decades is still the man to beat.
“As you know, Harry Reid is one of the most formidable campaigners and fundraisers, so you know his hand-picked successor is going to be well-funded,” Heck said in an email formally announcing his long-expected candidacy. “How do we beat him? By working together, and by coming out of the gate strong. I hope you’ll be one of the very first members of my senate campaign team, with a strong contribution of $500, $150, $50 or even $5.”