LAS VEGAS (AP) — Democrats in Nevada are bracing for life after U.S. Sen. Harry Reid.
His decision to retire next year has set off a scramble for his seat and forced supporters to grapple with building a formidable political machine without him.
Last year's election was a noteworthy stumble for the machine he built over half a century in Nevada politics. Republicans swept into office in the Democrats' worst electoral drubbing in 85 years.
The dismal results hint at the peril his party faces as he retires.
One of the biggest cogs in the Nevada Democratic machine, the Culinary Workers Union, says Reid's departure opens up the opportunity to organize not around a person but around the Democratic brand.