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   Carter brings famous name to the Nevada Senate race
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News DateWednesday, October 26, 2005 12:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionPresident Carter’s eldest son, Jack, is fueling hopes that Democrats can knock off first-termer Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) next year.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, who is friends with Ensign, is one of many Democrats backing Carter’s possible candidacy.

It will be an uphill battle for Carter. Nevada twice backed his father’s opponents, in 1976 and 1980, and Ensign enters the race with $2.1 million in the bank.

“Carter’s biggest challenge would be overcoming Ensign’s money,” said Dan Hinkley, the Nevada Democratic Party secretary.

Carter insists he is still on a “listening tour,” but Nevada Democratic sources said it is no longer a question of if Carter runs but of when he gets into the race.

“He did tell me that he is pretty sure he is doing it, and that he has moved past the [thinking] stage,” said Hinkley, who talked to Carter at a Clark County Democratic Party fundraiser Saturday.
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