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  •  According to this... (2+ / 0-)
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    Miss Blue, Habitat Vic

    Nevada law gives the governor the right to replace an outgoing senator, and gives the new appointee the right to complete the term.

    •  appointed replacement only until 2010 (2+ / 0-)
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      Marie, That Anonymous Guy

      Per your link:
      ...the governor makes an appointment to fill a U. S. Senate vacancy until the next regularly-scheduled general election. At that point, a candidate is elected and serves for the remainder of the unexpired term, if any.

      If I read that right, should Ensign resign, then his (Republican governor) appointed replacement only serves until 2010.  At that point there would be an election for the remainder of Ensign's unexpired term (which would have run through 2012).  Basically a special election for the remaining two years as Senator, then the regular-cycle election in 2012.

      •  Now that would be interesting... (2+ / 0-)
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        askew, Habitat Vic

        Not only would it mean two less years with a Gibbons-nominated moron in Ensign's Senate seat, it would also mean two contested Senate races in the same year.

        Which means the Republicans couldn't concentrate their fire on Harry Reid.  They'd be too busy trying to hold their own seat.

        Could Harry be saved by John Ensign's zipper-control issues?  Inquiring minds want to know.

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