Heller's seat leans Republican -- but Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) only won this district by 89 votes in 2008. Democrats think they have an opening to win here if there is a potentially divisive primary or if they run against a gaffe-prone candidate like Angle again. Candidates mentioned include state Treasurer Kate Marshall, former state Democratic Party chairwoman Jill Derby and Assemblywoman Debbie Smith. The district is expected to shed some of its Democratic-leaning areas in Clark County during redistricting, but it could prove competitive. Heller quickly shored up support for his Senate bid after announcing his intention to run on Tuesday, picking up support from Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) and Krolicki, who had been considering a bid on his own. Heller said he hadn't spoken with Angle, but the message was clear: The Silver State Republican establishment had made its pick, and Angle was not it. While Nevada Republicans might have preferred Angle not run at all, they can breath a sigh of relief that she opted against the Senate race. Had she chosen to run, she and Heller would have locked horns for what would likely have turned into a bruising primary. They've been down that path before; in 2006, Heller beat Angle, though the primary pushed Heller to the right. With Angle out of the picture, Heller now seems unlikely to face a major primary opponent.
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