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Tarkanian enters race against Reid

Updated Friday, Aug. 7, 2009 | 3:30 p.m.

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A screenshot from a video posted on Danny Tarkanian's campaign Web site.

Danny Tarkanian, a one-time UNLV basketball player and son of the Rebels' legendary longtime coach Jerry Tarkanian, has announced he'll run for the U.S. Senate seat occupied by Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Tarkanian launched a Web site with biography information and is soliciting money for the campaign.

"Danny Tarkanian’s political philosophy is based on constitutional conservatism and liberty," his bio says. "He believes in limited government and opposes the government takeover of private sector industries. He believes in a smaller government that – with some occasional help – leaves the average person free to achieve his or her ambitions."

Tarkanian, who runs a real estate business and a basketball camp, is a two-time electoral loser. He was beaten in a state Senate race and, most recently, in a race for Secretary of State in 2006 to Ross Miller.

Tarkanian, a Republican who says he believes in small government and personal freedom, is fresh off a court victory after suing state Sen. Mike Schneider for defamation after claims Schneider made during their state Senate race.

Despite the famous last name, Tarkanian is not considered a favorite candidate of the state or national party, which has heavily courted Rep. Dean Heller of the 2nd Congressional District.

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