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Sharron Angle to run for Congress

During a meeting with Rancho High School's Hispanic Student Union on October 18, Nevads Republican Senate Candidate Sharron Angle told the students she thought some of them might, in fact, be Asian. "You know, I don't know that all of you are Latino. Some of you look a little more Asian to me. I don't know that. What we know, what we know about ourselves is that we are a melting pot in this country. My grandchildren are evidence of that. I'm evidence of that. I've been called the first Asian legislator in our Nevada State Assembly," she said.
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Updated 4:19 p.m. Eastern Time

Tea Party-linked Nevada Republican Sharron Angle, who last year lost a bitter Senate battle to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, announced Wednesday that she will seek a House seat in 2012.

"The effort to bring the people's voice back into government didn't end in 2010," Angle said in a statement announcing her run. She vowed to "work against unconstitutional legislation, higher taxes, increased regulation, and deficit spending."

In her announcement video, at left, Angle targeted President Obama and his administration, saying it "intends to pursue unconstitutional legislation like 'Obamacare,' job-killing policies, new regulations and a federal spending increase that will paralyze our economic health."

Angle is seeking the seat being vacated by Rep. Dean Heller, who is leaving the House to run for the Senate seat now held by embattled GOP Sen. John Ensign. Ensign, who has acknowledged an affair with a former staffer, is declining to run for reelection.

Sharron Angle.
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Angle, whose controversial statements in last year's campaign regularly made national headlines, had been discussed as a potential candidate for Ensign's Senate seat. But an Angle Senate run would likely have been a headache for Nevada Republicans, who saw Angle lose to Reid last year despite the Democrat's unpopularity in his state.

After Heller announced his Senate candidacy Tuesday, both Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) and Nevada Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki (R) endorsed him - a clear message to Angle that the state GOP establishment would be working against her in a Senate primary. (Of course, the establishment opposed Angle in the 2010 cycle as well, and she won the primary anyway.)

Angle ran for the Reno-area seat she is now seeking in 2006, losing the primary to Heller by just 421 votes. Krolicki, the Nevada lieutenant governor, said Tuesday he also may seek Heller's seat, raising the prospects of a primary battle between Angle and Krolicki.

In a statement following Angle's announcement, Jesse Ferguson of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said her "extremist views are so far out of touch with middle class Nevada families that they're rightly labeled radical and right-wing."