Washington Post Staff
Monday, October 18, 2010; 5:45 PM
Nevada's Senate race has attracted national attention as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid fights for his political life against Republican Sharron Angle, who has been a lightning rod of controversy from the start of her campaign.
As Aaron Blake and Felicia Somnez reported:
No other contest this year has been as close for as long, with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) and former state assemblywoman Sharron Angle (R) running neck and neck since the June primary. The latest Real Clear Politics average of polls shows the two tied at exactly 45.4 percent. No other race has such high stakes, either; the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee last week shifted its resources out of Missouri and into Nevada after Angle announced that her campaign had raised a staggering $14 million between July 1 and Sept. 30. A quirk in Nevada's election law allowing voters to select "none of these candidates" only adds to the intrigue in a race that seems certain to go down to the wire.
As WhoRunsGov explained:
The former Washoe County assemblywoman was the surprise winner of the GOP primary to face Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) in 2010. Since then, the hits on her controversial views have kept coming.
Once an underdog against two better-funded and higher-profile GOP candidates, Angle won endorsements from the Tea Party Express and Sarah Palin, and capitalized on major gaffes by her foes to pull off a big win in the June 2010 GOP primary.
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