But was that really the reason the embattled senator decided not to seek a third term in the Senate?
As the Las Vegas Review-Journal's Steve Tetreault notices, Ensign's fund-raising wasn't exactly going so well before his announcement.
Newly filed campaign reports show the senator raised less than $100,000 at a series of cash events he held in January and February, which he and his campaign had billed as a sign of his political comeback.
That's a fair amount of money, but not for a senator who needed a dramatic cash infusion to prove to Republicans back in Nevada that he would have the financial resources needed to defend his seat in what was already predicted to be a very tough race.
(Photo of Ensign: Cathleen Allison/AP)
- Sen. John Ensign