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Sharron Angle Denounces 'Don't Vote' Ad; Backer Linked to the GOP

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) -- Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle's campaign Wednesday denounced efforts being pushed by a controversial ad urging Hispanic voters in Nevada not to vote -- but Democrats replied that isn't sufficient. The ad caused national uproar after reports linked its sponsor to Republicans.

"No ad should ever discourage voters from voting or expressing their opinions at the ballot box," Angle's spokesman Jarrod Agen said in a statement to ABC News.

Angle said in a radio interview Wednesday that not encouraging voters to come out would be "exactly the wrong thing to do in this election."

Sen. Harry Reid's campaign had blasted Angle's silence on the issue as "reprehensible" and the Senate majority leader accused her of "trying to keep people from voting."

The "Don't Vote" ad, made by a little-known group called Latinos for Reform, encourages Hispanics stay away from the polls as a way to send a message to Democrats.

Robert de Posada, the group's head, says the ad doesn't specifically target Democrats, but no Republican lawmakers are shown in either the English or the Spanish-language ads.

De Posada served as the Republican National Committee's director of Hispanic affairs from 1989-1993, according to his resume. According to campaign records, De Posada also has a long history of contributing money to Republicans.

The Hispanic vote is crucial to Reid's campaign. Hispanics make up more than a quarter of Nevada's population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and comprise 14 percent of all eligible voters in Nevada this year.

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