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The Political Roundup 11/1

Pancakes in Nevada

Nevada candidates Harry Reid and Sharron Angle have been making the rounds at parades or flipping pancakes at the governor’s mansion in a final pitch for votes. Polls have consistently called the race too close to call. The Senate Majority Leader and Tea Party favorite are a dead-heat in the senator’s race that is one of the country’s most closely watched. Angle spent the weekend making pancakes at a Republican Women’s breakfast while Reid made the rounds at the Nevada Day parade. Observers say are not even there will be a winner on Election Day because the race seems so close to call. Angle has said she was "cautiously optimistic" she will beat the Democratic majority leader, while Reid has said he understands voter frustration and anger in the state. "I've never seen the economy the way it is either," Reid told reporters this weekend. "It's a very difficult time for people. The race could be decided by a recount if it remains tight. Reid is counting on Hispanics to vote in large numbers to edge him past Angle, who has had a shaky relationship with Latinos in the state. The White House said today the number of Hispanics in Nevada who voted early this year already supersedes the number who voted overall in 2006.

Obama in New Mexico

Gubernatorial hopeful Susana Martínez is gaining steam heading into Tuesday’s election. The Republican, who is vying to become the first Latina governor in the nation, is leading her Democratic opponent by 10 percentage points, according to a poll. Fifty-two percent of likely voters said they’d prefer Martínez over Diane Denish, according to the Research and Polling Inc. of Albuquerque. Denish, the state’s lieutenant governor, was favored by 42 percent of those polled, the Albuquerque Journal reported. Martínez’s popularity seemed to be drawing not only Republicans, but Independents and Democrats, too. The Martínez campaign also got an endorsement this weekend from The Hispanic Business Round Table. “Susana is the right leader for New Mexico, and will cut wasteful spending, lower taxes, and end the ‘pay for play’ practices of the current administration,” said Allen Gutiérrez, a board member of the group. Tuesday’s election caps a dizzying campaign that drew high-profile support from former President Obama, former President Bill Clinton and Republican Sarah Palin.

Tight Governor’s Race in Florida

In Florida, wealthy businessman Rick Scott is in a cliffhanger with Democrat Alex Sink, the state's chief financial officer. She has a slight lead in some polls, but both parties see the contest as a toss-up. Scott, who was dogged by a Medicare fraud scandal at the hospital corporation he once ran, pumped about $60 million of his family's money into the race and is getting substantial help from the national GOP.

Late Returns in California

Election polls are open until 8 p.m. in California tomorrow, which means late returns on races featuring a Senate seat, a governorship, several statewide officeholders, legislative and congressional seats and nine ballot measures. According to The Associated Press, former Gov. Jerry Brown leads Republican Meg Whitman in polls, and Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer in close race with Carly Fiorina. As of a Field poll released Sunday, Proposition 19, a measure to legalize marijuana, was failing 49 percent to 42 percent. Proposition 23, which would put off implementation of the state's global warming measure, was down by 15 points, while Proposition 25, which would allow a simple majority (rather than a two-thirds majority) to pass the state budget, was racing ahead, 48 to 31 percent.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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