Politics

Nevada Senate Race a Toss-Up

Polls have closed in the Silver State, and the Senate race in Nevada is one of the most closely watched across the country. This political battle pits incumbent Harry Reid, who is vying for his fifth term in office, against Tea Party favorite Sharron Angle.

At 7am this morning, voters steadily streamed into Advent United Methodist Church in Summerlin, Nevada with little good to say about either candidate.

Craig Boltzer voted for Tea Party candidate Jon Scott Ashjian, saying he seemed "less shady or shaky" than Reid or Angle. Teresa Handleman said it was a tough choice and was "tempted to use none of these candidates option" this election round.

Yet, the most unflattering comments were reserved for Harry Reid. Ron Duarte, an electrical union member, said he is not happy with what Reid has done in office, stating "all his backroom deals to get Obama care through, and everything he did, I feel is just shady. And, we've lost jobs like crazy here."

Sharon Bolinger, another Las Vegas resident, considers Reid a central part of what she sees as out of control liberal spending and says "we need to send a message that we've had enough."

Undeterred by his shakey standing, Reid made his final in a string of appearances this week at his campaign headquarters in Summerlin, Nevada, just hours after the polls opened. He shook hands and embraced volunteers still working the phones, urging his supporters to get out to the polls to vote. After hitting the campaign trail like never before this week, and holding events with heavy weights like Michelle Obama, Reid said that now he "will just have to wait and see" but that he was "comfortable" with his position.

Historically winning by slim margins, Reid is facing tough odds again, as frustration mounts with a unemployment rate over 14% in Nevada, the highest in the country.

Meanwhile, Republican candidate Sharron Angle has largely been out of the reach of the media. She stepped out on Friday with Senator McCain. This event marked her first major appearance after many weeks of staying clear of reporters. Yet, Angle did run into some trouble with the media this week, when local television reporters caught her at the airport. Her campaign banned those stations, the local CBS and NBC affiliates, as a result. For the rest of the week, Angle stuck to smaller events with little press coverage. When reporters caught up with her today, Angle said she was confident in her position, adding that people "love the constitution" and that her message resonates with voters. She also criticized journalists in general.

This afternoon, the Angle campaign filed a grievance with the federal government, claiming the Reid campaign coerced union workers to go to the polls. Reid's camp says they acted within the law and pointed out that a conservative blogger's column was the primary source of the complaint.

Both campaigns have deployed scores of volunteers to knock on doors and make calls, urging supporters to vote over the course of several months. Now, it is just a waiting game to see who will come out on top.

Exit polls seem to indicate that the race could be a nail-biter, with a winner not likely to be declared until late in the night.