- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 26, 2015

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Democratic U.S. Rep. Dina Titus announced Tuesday she will seek another term representing her Las Vegas-area district, ending speculation that she will challenge Nevada’s former attorney general for Sen. Harry Reid’s seat.

The news came in a YouTube video that Titus sent to supporters.

At the end of the 3 ½-minute clip, the congresswoman said she wants to continue fighting to protect Social Security and Medicare, keep college affordable and serve veterans from her seat in the House.

“We’ve been making progress since being hit so hard by the Great Recession, and I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished, but there’s still a lot of work to do,” Titus said in the video, which came a few days after she sent out a teaser email saying she’d be making a big announcement. “That’s why I’m running for re-election in Nevada’s first district, and I’m asking for your help in this effort.”

After announcing in March that he planned to retire, Reid said former Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto would be a great successor. Several Democratic groups have added their support.

Titus was elected in 2012 to the safely Democratic 1st Congressional District, in the heart of urban Las Vegas. She spent more than 20 years as a state senator before that.

She was expected to be a serious primary threat for Cortez Masto if she entered the Senate race. But Titus told the Reno Gazette-Journal last month that she realized moving to the Senate would mean giving up her seniority in the House.

Reid echoed those comments in a statement Tuesday.

“Dina Titus has done a remarkable job representing Nevada in the House of Representatives, and I know she will continue to do so for a long time,” he said. “Representing the first district, Dina will be able to gain crucial seniority on committees and ensure our small state has a voice on issues affecting us.”

Only one Republican, Las Vegas City Councilman Bob Beers, has formally announced a bid for the Senate seat. Republican Rep. Joe Heck has said he’s exploring the possibility of running, and speculation has swirled about Gov. Brian Sandoval entering the race, although he has said he’s not interested.

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