Published Tuesday, May 26, 2015 | 3:35 p.m.
Updated Tuesday, May 26, 2015 | 4:09 p.m.
U.S. Rep. Dina Titus, widely believed to have been contemplating a bid to replace outgoing Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, announced plans to run for re-election to her House seat.
Titus’ decision, announced via social media today, eliminates a potential Democratic competitor to Reid’s chosen candidate, former Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto.
“There are many reasons why I chose this path, but none more important than what is best for our great state,” Titus wrote on her Facebook page. “It has been an incredible honor to serve and represent the people of Nevada. I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished together, but I know that there is still much work to be done.”
Reid followed the announcement with his own statement, noting that Titus would gain seniority on congressional committees and “ensure our small state has a voice on issues affecting us," if elected to another term in the House.
“She will continue the work she has done for decades: fiercely fighting for Nevada,” Reid said. Cortez Masto kicked off her campaign early last month after leaving her new job as executive vice chancellor for the Nevada System of Higher Education. She made the announcement less than two weeks after Reid announced he would not seek a sixth term.
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee endorsed Cortez Masto hours after she announced, in a bid to avoid a primary fight.
No Republicans have announced plans to run.