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Reid apologizes for "no Negro dialect" comment about Barack Obama from 2008 election

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid issued an apology today over private remarks reported in a new book in which he described Barack Obama during the presidential election as a black candidate who would benefit from his "light-skinned" appearance and speaking patterns "with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one."   

His comments were referenced in the upcoming book about the 2008 presidential election out Tuesday titled, “Game Change” by journalists Mark Halperin and John Heilemann.     

"I deeply regret using such a poor choice of words. I sincerely apologize for offending any and all Americans, especially African Americans for my improper comments."I was a proud and enthusiastic supporter of Barack Obama during the campaign and have worked as hard as I can to advance President Obama's legislative agenda, “ he said in the statement.

Today Reid also got a dose of bad news from the Las Vegas Review-Journal.  The paper has a new poll where the Senate majority leader hits a new low.  The senator is facing re-election in November.  The poll quickly triggered speculation that Reid would pull a “Dodd,” or drop out of a race after facing losing a re-election bid.   Reid quickly dismissed the rumors that he would not consider dropping out.

If Reid were to lose, it would be the second time in recent years that a Democratic majority leader failed to get re-elected. In 2004, Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle lost his re-election bid in South Dakota.  Prior to that, the feat of unseating a majority leader hadn't happened since 1952, when Arizona Republican Barry Goldwater beat Senate Majority Leader Ernest McFarland, D-Ariz.

Read the full Fox News article about all of Reid’s news today here.

Read the full Las Vegas Review-Journal article on his poll numbers here.

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