(Politico) Forty years ago, a relatively unknown youngster had fought his way to a slight advantage over Nevada Sen. Paul Laxalt.
But the challenger felt he needed a coup de grâce, so he raised questions about the incumbent's family finances, wondering about the provenance and propriety of certain funds.
Laxalt responded by putting his sister out front to explain how she had lived her life with a vow of poverty: She was a nun. The outrage was palpable; Laxalt was re-elected by 624 votes.
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The loser in that 1974 race was 34-year-old Harry Reid, whose putative killer instinct had killed the messenger (i.e. himself), theoretically ending his political career. But four decades later, buoyed by a series of fortunate events and a determination bordering on indomitability, Reid appears to be poised to embark on a bid for a sixth term.
Or is he?
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