Published Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010 | 10:28 a.m.
Updated Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010 | 10:31 a.m.
Edward Hamilton, a third-party candidate who has run twice unsuccessfully for U.S. Senate, announced this week he will challenge Republican Sen. John Ensign in 2012.
Hamilton first ran against Ensign in the 2006 Republican primary. Then, he challenged Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid this year in the Democratic primary.
In 2012, Hamilton plans to run as a conservative Peace candidate.
He says his top priorities are the economy and jobs, the national deficit and new American foreign policy, namely indirect non-military intervention overseas.
Hamilton is the first candidate to announce his challenge of Ensign, but the field is expected to grow much more crowded. Republican Rep. Dean Heller, Democratic Rep. Shelley Berkley and others are rumored to be considering runs.
Ensign, who announced this week he would seek a third term, will likely face a difficult road to re-election. He is under federal investigation to determine whether he illegally tried to cover up an affair with a former campaign staffer, who also was his best friend's wife.
Ensign is also hurting for campaign cash.