But the jostling has also spread among other Nevada politicians.
Sens. Greg Brower, R-Washoe County, and Mark Amodei, R-Carson City, both announced their intention to seek the Congressional District 2 seat being vacated by Republican Dean Heller.
Heller has said he will run for the seat being vacated by Sen. John Ensign.
Amodei, however, did seem to back away from his intent on Friday, though it is still assumed that he will be a contender when 2012 rolls around.
Brower and Amodei join Sharron Angle in the Republican field.
Meanwhile, it looks as though Heller might assume Ensign’s seat earlier than even he could have anticipated. Ensign announced his resignation effective May 3, ostensibly as a way to forego a congressional investigation stemming from an admitted extramarital affair in 2009.
Meanwhile, congressional Rep. Shelly Berkley, D-Las Vegas, announced earlier this month that she would run against Heller.
Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval, who has already endorsed Heller, has said that he will appoint someone to serve out the remainder of Ensign’s term before May 3.
If Heller is chosen, a special election will be held for his congressional seat.
Of course, Nevada got a visit from the most well known politician of all this week.
President Barack Obama made a brief stop in Reno on Thursday in what appeared to be an unofficial campaign event.
Obama formally announced his intent to seek re-election in early April and held fundraisers in San Francisco and Los Angeles before and after his swing through Reno.
But the political jockeying and posturing this week was momentarily breached when former state Sen. Bill Raggio was honored in Carson City on Tuesday.
Democrats and Republicans alike congratulated Raggio and commended his nearly four decades of service during an induction ceremony into the Nevada Senate Hall of Fame.