Nevada - U.S. Senate

as of November 1

The Candidates

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Harry Reid

  • Democrat (Incumbent)
  • Birthdate: December 3, 1939
  • Residence: Las Vegas, NV

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Sharron Angle

  • Republican
  • Birthdate: July 26, 1949
  • Residence: Reno, NV

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Previous Results

    Nevada U.S. Senate (2004)

    Candidate Party Votes %
    Harry Reid DEM 494,805 61.1%
    Richard Ziser REP 284,640 35.1%
    None of These Candidates UNA 12,968 1.6%
    Thomas Hurst LIB 9,559 1.2%
    David Schumann IND 6,001 0.7%
    Gary Marinch NAT 2,095 0.3%

    U.S. President: Nevada (2008)

    Candidate Party Votes %
    Barack Obama DEM 533,736 55.1%
    John McCain REP 412,827 42.7%
    None of These Candidates NO 6,267 0.6%
    Ralph Nader IND 6,150 0.6%
    Bob Barr LIB 4,263 0.4%
    Chuck Baldwin IND 3,194 0.3%
    Cynthia McKinney GRE 1,411 0.1%

    state Election Profile

Source: Associated Press

Recent Analysis

Nov 1, 2010

Final Senate Prediction: Reid Over Angle

The Republicans are heading towards their greatest election cycle in 16 years, but unless the wave turns into a tsunami, there is little likelihood that they will get a Senate majority. They need a net pickup of 10 seats -- or nine, if they reach a 50-50 tie and then persuade Nebraska's Ben Nelson to switch parties.

Plus, as Senate Republican campaign chair John Cornyn has said from the start, it will probably take two cycles for them to take control. Of the 33 seats up in 2012, 23 (including the two independents) are Democratic. So, on paper at least, the GOP looks set for a takeover in two years. (But -- as we've learned this cycle -- two years can be a lifetime. So I wouldn't even dare to venture a prediction now.)

I'm pretty much standing by my Senate picks this year. For the record, I called every one correctly in 2008, save one: the Minnesota race between Norm Coleman and Al Franken. And that took some nine months to arrive at a winner.

I'm less confident about this year. And the prediction I'm least confident about is Nevada, where nearly everyone is picking Sharron Angle to oust Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. She is ahead, albeit marginally, in every poll I've seen. I'm picking Reid, though I'll be honest -- I'm not exactly sure why. It's not that his position in Washington has helped much back in Nevada, a state that, after all, is among the leaders in unemployment and home foreclosures. I know it's not that I feel like being contrarian. It's just a gut feeling.

But if he does go down to defeat, it will be the perfect metaphor for Campaign 2010: The anger, the disillusionment, with the Democrats after four years in control, coming back to take out the majority leader of the U.S. Senate ... something that hasn't happened since 1952. He could well be this year's Tom Foley, the House speaker whose defeat in the 1994 GOP wave was especially symbolic.

I'm just not sure it happens. Republicans pick up a net of seven seats on Tuesday. -Ken Rudin

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Lean-D (was Toss-up)

    Oct 31, 2010

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    Lean-R (was Toss-up)

      Sep 9, 2010

      Reid Faces Challenge In Nevada

      Harry Reid (D), first elected in 1986, is seeking a fifth term. Reid has been in trouble for the longest time here, with his opponents accusing him of employing liberal talking points when he's in Washington and sounding like a conservative when he's home. His numbers remain weak. But he got a boost when the Republican he most preferred to run against, Tea Party favorite Sharron Angle, won the GOP primary in June. Still, for all the negative press Angle has gotten since then -- much of it deserved -- it is striking to note that she remains competitive with Reid. If he loses, he would be the first Senate majority leader to do so since 1952. -Ken Rudin

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