Porter Back in Nevada Senate Mix?

Posted September 21, 2009 at 5:33pm

The buzz is growing that former Republican Rep. Jon Porter is reconsidering an earlier decision to stay out of the Senate race against Majority Leader Harry Reid in 2010.

Chuck Muth, a longtime Republican operative in the state, said the word in Nevada GOP circles is that “Jon Porter is seriously talking about wanting to get into this race, after all.”

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Jon Porter (Getty Images/Ethan Miller)

Porter ruled out a challenge to Reid in June, but the lure of recent poll numbers showing Reid trailing several relatively unknown GOP challengerss are apparently proving hard to resist.  

“He absolutely is talking to the folks at the senatorial committee and some money people,” to see if there is an appetite for his candidacy, said Muth, who is heading up an anti-Reid political action committee, Dump Reid PAC, to raise money for his opponent.