For the second time in two days, a prominent state Republican has announced support for Harry Reid in the race for Senate in Nevada.
Former First Lady Dema Guinn said in a statement Friday that she is endorsing Reid because of "his unwavering support for vital education programs" begun by her late husband, the popular GOP Gov. Kenny Guinn.
, Nevada's Senate Minority Leader, Republican Bill Raggio, made headlines when he said he would back Reid, describing his GOP opponent Sharron Angle
Dema Guinn thanked Nevadans for their support following her husband's unexpected death in July, saying it has changed her outlook on life, KVVU-TV
reported. Kenny Guinn, 73, died after falling off the roof of his home.
"These new perspectives give you great resolve to stand up for things you may have once ignored or speak out on issues on which you may have remained silent in the past," Guinn wrote.
She said Reid is the candidate who will continue Kenny Guinn's push for improved education, which he believed was "the single most important element to a successful life, vibrant state and strong economy."
"That is why I am supporting Senator Harry Reid for reelection," she wrote.
In a statement, Reid expressed appreciation for the former first lady's endorsement.
"I am deeply honored to have the support of Dema Guinn, a woman I greatly respect not only for her commitment to the state of Nevada, but for her love of her late husband and my friend, Governor Kenny Guinn. Dema's strength over these past few months has been inspiring to all Nevadans who had so much respect for Kenny, and all the great things he and his wife did for our state," the Senate Majority leader said.