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Nevada's Sharron Angle Running for Office Again

Ethan Miller/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Sharron Angle, who lost last November in her bid to unseat Democratic Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada, announced Wednesday that she would seek the GOP nomination for the second district House seat being vacated by fellow Republican Dean Heller.

Angle said she was running because Democrats in Washington refuse to cut spending, continue to fund NPR and Planned Parenthood, and support the implementation of the healthcare reform law.

During last fall's election, Angle, a Tea Party favorite, appeared to be a shoe-in to win Reid's seat, only to see the Senate majority leader rally his base during the final weeks of the campaign to score an upset victory.

State Democrats issued a scathing response to Angle's announcement, saying, "Sharron Angle's extremist views are so far out of touch with middle-class Nevada families that they're rightly labeled radical and right-wing.  Whether it's her refusal to do anything to create jobs if she got to Congress or her belief that Medicare and Social Security should be phased out, Sharron Angle's views are too extreme for Nevada families."

Some Republicans also aren't on board with another Angle candidacy.

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ABC News: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Projected to Win

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(RENO, Nev.) -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will continue his tenure in the Senate, according to ABC News projections, after a night in which Democrats took heavy battering from Republicans.

For Reid, who has been in public office for 40 years, the race against Tea Party favorite Sharron Angle, who was once virtually an unknown, was a tough one.

Fifty-five percent of Nevada voters in preliminary exit poll results said they disapproved of the job Reid is doing in the Senate, and 56 percent said they think the Senate majority leader has been in Washington too long.

At the same time, he won support on other grounds. A narrow majority of voters, 52 percent, said they prefer an insider who knows how to get things done over an outsider "who wants to shake things up." And when it came to picking the one candidate quality that mattered most to them, Nevada's voters were divided: 31 percent said they wanted change, but 29 percent said they were looking for someone who understood their needs, and nearly as many were looking for experience.

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Latinos for Reform Head Robert de Posada Defends Controversial 'Don't Vote' Ad

Photo Courtesy - Latinos 4 Reform dot com(WASHINGTON) -- The brains behind the controversial ad that urges Hispanics not to vote aren't backing down, despite backlash from the Latino community and a repudiation from Republican candidates.

Robert de Posada, head of Latinos for Reform, a conservative independent expenditure that sponsored the ad, said he’s not planning to buy any more air time.  He will continue to push the ad on the Internet, however.  The "Don’t Vote" ad was pulled by Univision after it aired five times on radio in Nevada.

"We basically have no options" if Univision, the largest Spanish-language media company in the U.S., decides not to air it, de Posada told ABC News, adding he plans to file an FEC complaint against the network.

The ad specifically targets Democrats and calls on Hispanics to stay away from the polls because of lack of action from the leadership on immigration.  Neither the English nor Spanish-language ad features any Republican leader.  De Posada insists he’s going after all lawmakers and claims there was a second version of the ad that showed Sen. John McCain, Sen. Jim DeMint and former Rep. Tom Tancredo, but it wasn’t finished before Univision decided to pull his ads altogether.

Hispanic leaders both nationally and in Nevada denounced the ad as the “height of cynicism” and as an "ugly" example of "overt voter suppression,” a charge that de Posada denies.

"We’re saying to people, you need to look at the record of the candidates and understand that in a civic engagement situation, you have the options of not necessarily voting. You should not be told you have no option but to support the lesser of two evils,” he said.  “We need to start making people accountable for their efforts and at the same time, we cannot reward this irresponsible behavior, and a perfect example is Harry Reid.”

The Hispanic vote is crucial to Democratic Senate candidate Harry Reid, embroiled in a neck and neck race against GOP candidate Sharron Angle.

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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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Palin Leads Tea Party Express Attack Against Harry Reid

Photo Courtesy - Spencer Platt/Getty Images(RENO, Nev.) -- Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin took to the stage on Monday, attacking Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid as she tried to fire up a Tea Party Express rally in the Democrats home’s state of Nevada.

Palin, who has become the unofficial spokesperson for the grassroots movement, made it crystal clear that she thinks Nevadans can blame most of their troubles on Reid.

Speaking to about two thousand people, Palin said, “You have 14.4 percent unemployment, highest in the nation. Why in the world won't you fire him?”

Reid’s Republican challenger, Sharron Angle, wasn’t on stage with Palin because she accepted donations from the Tea Party Express, and federal election laws prohibit candidates from appearing at such events.

Palin’s message was that the country needs to elect candidates like Angle and others who support limited government intervention and a return to so-called American values.

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Sharron Angle Defends Anti-Immigration Ad, Tells Hispanic Students They Look 'A Little More Asian'

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- With midterm elections just two weeks away, Sharron Angle is finding herself in the middle of a new controversy, this time involving Hispanics.

The Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in Nevada told Hispanic students at Rancho High School in Las Vegas Friday they "look a little more Asian," after defending ads from her campaign featuring dark-skinned, seemingly Hispanic men.

When students asked Angle about her anti-immigration ads -- which some Hispanic groups called "race-baiting" -- the Tea Party favorite said they were “misinterpreting those commercials.”

“What we know is that our northern border is where the terrorists came through.  That's the most porous border that we have. We cannot allow terrorists, we cannot allow anyone to come across our border if we don't know why they're coming.  So, we have to secure all of our borders and that's what that was about, is border security."

Angle defended the use of dark-skinned men in her anti-immigration ads.  Her reasoning? Even some of the Hispanic students look Asian.

"What we want is a secure and sovereign nation and, you know, I don’t know that all of you are Latino.  Some of you look a little more Asian to me.  I don’t know that,” Angle said at the event organized by the Hispanic Student Union and with only Hispanic students in attendance.  “What we know about ourselves is that we are a melting pot in this country.  My grandchildren are evidence of that.  I’m evidence of that.  I’ve been called the first Asian legislator in our Nevada State Assembly."

During last week’s debate, Angle reiterated her support for an Arizona-style immigration law:  "The solution is simple:  Secure the borders, enforce the laws.  I think every state should have a sheriff like Joe Arpaio, and I think we should be supporting states like Arizona."

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Senate Majority Leader Goes on Defensive as Angle Steps Up Attacks

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(LAS VEGAS) -- In one of the nation's most hotly contested races, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid dodged attacks from his Republican opponent, Sharron Angle, Thursday night while attempting to explain his own voting record.

Angle fired several shots at Reid, blaming him for creating "Band-Aid applications" for health care, thwarting the private sector and, in perhaps the most contentious issue of the night, suggesting Reid became rich on the government's payroll.

The four-term senator from Nevada denounced the charge as a "low blow."  "Her suggestion that I made money being a senator is really false, and I'm really disappointed she would suggest that," Reid said.

The debate, the only one between the two Senate candidates, focused on wide-ranging issues, including the economy, jobs, health care, abortion and the "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays in the military.

The Democratic senator spent much of the debate on the defensive, defending the health care bill, his record on Social Security and immigration, as he attempted to explain his voting record to a public wary of President Obama and the Democrats' agenda.  Reid used the word "extreme" at least three times to describe Angle and her views, and derided her for mischaracterizing his record.

Angle, meanwhile, drew the contrast from the beginning between her and Reid by portraying the longtime senator as a career politician with an expensive residence in Washington.

Angle is no stranger to controversy.  She's taken heat for saying that her job as a senator isn't to create jobs, suggesting that the Department of Education should be abolished and that Social Security should be privatized.

On Thursday, the Tea Party-backed candidate stood firmly by her views.  She refused to apologize for what Reid said was a mischaracterization of his views on job creation and providing tax breaks to illegal immigrants, or her idea that Social Security should be privatized.  Instead, she placed the blame squarely on Reid for helping pass the health care bill and supporting Obama's policies.

"Man up, Harry Reid," Angle quipped. "You need to understand we have a problem with Social Security."

For both Angle and Reid, the debate was a test of whether they could go beyond attacks and reinforce their message on issues pertinent to voters. Both campaigns thus far have relied on negative ads to discredit the other.

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Angling for a Fight: Harry Reid and Sharron Angle to Face Off

Photo Courtesy - United States Senate/Harry Reid(LAS VEGAS) -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada will go face-to-face Thursday night with his Republican opponent Sharron Angle in a debate that is likely to focus on the economy and have both candidates attempting to paint the other as being out of touch with Nevadans.

For both Angle and Reid, it will be a test of whether they can go beyond attacks that both campaigns have focused on and reinforce their message on issues pertinent to voters.

In a state that leads the country in unemployment and foreclosures, Reid will have to explain why voters should elect him to a fifth Senate term.

"I think the senator's challenge is what his challenge has been since he came to public office," said Democratic consultant Billy Vassiliadis. "He doesn't speak in 60-second sound bites. He wants to share information and a lot of details....I think the challenge for him is to hone in on himself and focus on himself."

Angle faces a similar challenge. The Republican candidate frequently has found herself at the center of controversy about her past statements, but experts say the key will be to talk about the economy and build on the national discontent against President Obama and a Democratically controlled Congress.

Reid and Angle are in a tight race that experts say eventually will boil down to how many Nevadans turn out at the polls.

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Sharron Angle Caught on Tape Blasting GOP Leaders

Photo Courtesy - Friends of Sharron Angle(LAS VEGAS) -- In a secretly recorded audio tape obtained by Jon Ralston of the Las Vegas Sun, Nevada GOP Senate candidate Sharron Angle can be heard speaking with a third party candidate, both boasting about her clout in Washington and blasting Republican leaders for their lack of principles.

“The Republicans have lost their standards, they’ve lost their principles,” Angle says. “Really that’s why the machine in the Republican Party is fighting against me. ...They have never really gone along with lower taxes and less government.”

But Angle says her grassroots support gives her “juice” with Republican leaders in Washington.

“I go to Washington, D.C. and want to see Jim DeMint, he’s right there for me. I want to see Tom Coburn, he’s right there for me. I want to see Mitch McConnell, he’s there,” she says.

“Sharron expressed what many working families in Nevada and across the country are feeling,” Angle spokesman Jarrod Agen told ABC News in reaction to the audio recording. “They are angry with Harry Reid, they are angry with Washington D.C., and they want blunt plain-spoken leaders who are willing to shake things up.  Sharron represents the interests of Nevada, not the interests of Washington D.C. like Harry Reid does, and that's why she is going to win.”

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Fight Breaks Out at Heated Nevada Senate Debate

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(LAS VEGAS) -- On Thursday evening, a fight broke out at a Senate candidate forum in Las Vegas, Nevada featuring Republican candidate Sharron Angle and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, according to local reports.  A group of Reid’s supporters were walking out during Angle’s closing statements when the fight occurred. Kelly Tanaka, 27, told the Las Vegas Sun that an unidentified man pushed her and punched her friend in the face as they were leaving. However, no arrests were made.  Both Angle and Reid were subjected to booing and heckling, and even some cheers, as they spoke about health care and the economy.

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