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Harry Reid files candidacy for fifth Senate term

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. speaks to supporters about his jobs bill at Southern Nevada Paving, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010 in Las Vegas. The GOP has targeted Sen. Reid for defeat in his re-election bid this year. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Democratic Sen. Harry Reid is seeking a fifth term in the U.S. Senate.

The 70-year-old Senate majority leader declared he wants to create jobs and help Nevadans through the economic slump as he formally filed re-election paperwork Monday in Las Vegas.

Reid is considered a target for Republicans emboldened by midterm GOP wins in Massachusetts, New Jersey and Virginia.

So far, Reid has two unknown Democratic challengers for a June 8 primary. Twelve Republican, Independent and other party candidates also have declared they are running.

Polls show Reid faces strong challenges from a crowded field of Republicans, including former state senator and GOP chairwoman Sue Lowden; Las Vegas lawyer Danny Tarkanian; Wall Street banker John Chachas; and conservative former state assemblywoman Sharron Angle.