Slightly Good News for Jim Gibbons
Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons hasn't gotten much good news since he was elected in 2006, but he received a boost this week. Former state senator ...
Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons hasn't gotten much good news since he was elected in 2006, but he received a boost this week. Former state senator Joe Heck, who's regarded as a potentially strong statewide candidate, announced that he is challenging Gibbons in a Republican primary in 2010.
Now, I know that sounds like bad news. For Gibbons, though, whose tenure has been plagued by personal scandals and economic upheaval, this is what passes for a positive development.
Gibbons is unpopular enough that it's unlikely (though not impossible) he could win a Republican primary against a single strong opponent. Now he doesn't have to try. Heck is his second credible primary challenger, along with North Las Vegas Michael Montandon. It's possible more candidates could still join the field.
What's more, Heck and Montandon both hail from Clark County. Normally, that's not a bad thing in Nevada politics, since more than three-quarters of Nevadans live there. However, Gibbons' base, if he still has one, is in Reno and the rest of the Southern Nevada, which he represented in Congress. If Heck and Montandon split the Clark vote, perhaps Gibbons could sneak to victory.
Still, the more likely scenario is probably that Gibbons decides against running for reelection at all. If he has virtually no chance of winning the general election, what's the point of winning the primary?
Join the Discussion
After you comment, click Post. You can enter an anonymous Display Name or connect to a social profile.
San Francisco Shooting Shows Tension Between Immigration and Local Police8 minutes ago
Hillary Clinton: Puerto Rico Should Have Access to U.S. Bankruptcy Laws13 minutes ago
Congress May Reduce School Testing23 minutes ago
10 Shot in Syracuse, N.Y., Over Holiday Weekend28 minutes ago
Despite California Drought, Fountains Still Flowing in Palm Springs38 minutes ago
Many Construction Workers Building Trump's D.C. Hotel Came Here Illegally48 minutes ago