Wednesday, June 24, 2009 | 5:44 p.m.
WASHINGTON -- The chairman of the Senate's Republican campaign committee expects to announce a challenger to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in "coming weeks."
This after Republican state Sen. Mark Amodei was seen making the rounds in Washington this week after having said recently he was interested in the job.
Coincidence? Who knows.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee isn't talking. Many Republicans remain hopeful Rep. Dean Heller will be the one. ("If Dean doesn't, I'll consider it," was Amodei's comment to the Sun back in May.)
The time is nearing for a candidate to emerge and start raising money -- though many remind that now-Sen. John Thune, a Republican, waited until January of election year to enter the 2004 race against then-Majority Leader Tom Daschle. Thune won.
Reid meanwhile, continues amassing money and supporters for what his team has said will be an aggressive campaign.
This is how the campaign committee chairman, Sen. John Cornyn, of Texas, put it earlier this week with reporters:
"We don't have a candidate yet…. We're working on it. There'll be hopefully some news here in the coming weeks," Cornyn said.
Set your clocks.