Monday, March 5, 2012 | 2:48 p.m.
CARSON CITY — U.S. Sen. Dean Heller on Monday filed to run for the seat he was appointed to after former Sen. John Ensign resigned. He will face Democrat Rep. Shelley Berkley in what is expected to be a close race.
Heller said he has raised about $4 million in campaign funds and estimates he will have to spend $10 million to $12 million to defeat Berkley.
The election is still eight months away, but Heller predicted the race will go down to the wire.
The latest figures show Democrats have 449,675 registered voters compared to 402,611 for Republicans. There are 173,946 non-partisan, 49,508 Independent American, 6,528 Libertarian, 2,855 Green Party and 3,818 other registered voters.
Another potential candidate, Sherry Brooks, was rebuffed in her attempt to file for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate. She was turned away from the secretary of state’s office in Carson City because she didn’t have the $500 filing fee.
Brooks of Reno filed two years ago for the U.S. Senate but withdrew from the race.