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Harry Reid Unveils First Negative Ad

Well, this is surely a shot across the bow:

Greg Sargent:

It’s routinely pointed out that Reid’s reelection chances turn on whether he can render Angle an unacceptable alternative. But the rubs is that given how disliked Reid and the Obama agenda are in Nevada, he needs to render her really, truly, horrifyingly unacceptable. If the stuff Angle has already said isn’t enough to do that, it’s hard to imagine what it would take.

So far at least, Reid has seemed to succeed in his effort to knock Angle down, but the polls remain close:

Whether this “go negative” strategy will be enough to make up for the obvious antipathy that Nevadans have for Reid and Obama is the question we won’t really have an answer to until Election Night.

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  1. Joe R. says:

    “Thou shalt not steal, except by a majority vote.”
    That’s what it says, right?

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  2. Phineas says:

    “First negative ad?” Was that tongue in cheek? Reid’s campaign has run a whole slough of negative ads, almost since the day when Angle won the nomination.

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  3. Phineas speaks the truth.
    <a href=”http://www.harryreid.com/content/multimedia”>Reid’s own website</a> is replete with negative ad attacks on Angle – some deserved, others simply insipid schoolyard taunts. There’s even a few that Habla Espanol … to, you know, pander to those prized undocumented democrat voters.

    E Pluribus Unum, baby!

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  4. […] The bottom line is that it seems more likely that Reid can erode Angle’s support at this point more than Angle can Reid’s.  In other words, Reid is a known quantity and so his ~45% is probably set.  Angle, on the other hand, is a less known quantity and so it should be easier to chip a few points off her ~45%.  And Reid’s ad campaign appears poised to paint her as extreme (see, for example, here). […]

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