Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

ACROSS AFRICA

LIBERIA UNMIL MISSION: PEACEKEEPERS PREPARE TO HAND OVER TO GOVERNMENT

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Boris Backs Out After Brexit

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

DRC ELECTIONS: KABILA SAYS POLL WILL GO AHEAD

Read more

THE DEBATE

Chaos at Westminster: UK's post-brexit leadership battle (part 1)

Read more

THE DEBATE

Chaos at Westminster: UK's post-brexit leadership battle (part 2)

Read more

ENCORE!

Matthew McConaughey and ‘Free State of Jones' shine new light on American civil war

Read more

FOCUS

Zika virus spreading fast across Puerto Rico

Read more

FRENCH CONNECTIONS

Take a break: France’s love affair with vacations

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

THE INTERVIEW

Read more

Americas

Unpopularity contest in bruising Nevada Senate race

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2010-11-03

The race: US Senate, Nevada 

The candidates: Harry Reid (Democrat) vs. Sharron Angle (Republican)

The intrigue: Incumbent Harry Reid, a close Obama ally and the sitting Senate majority leader, has been in the US Senate since 1986. He is now a deeply unpopular figure in his recession-hit home state, but his campaign was given a lifeline when Republicans selected conservative Tea Party favourite Sharron Angle as his opponent.
 
The bespectacled Reid, 70, has proven to be a pragmatic, no-holds-barred campaigner, portraying Angle as too right-wing for Nevada voters who chose Obama by a comfortable margin in 2008. A series of advertisements from the Reid camp slammed some of Angle’s more extreme past proclamations (including an allusion to the constitutional right to bear arms as a conceivable response to an overstepping federal government and a proposal to phase out Social Security and the Department of Education). Angle, meanwhile, is seeking to capitalise on widespread disapproval of Reid and his left-leaning politics. For many Nevada voters, the race could boil down to picking the candidate they see as the least bad of the two.

The odds: Recent polls show a neck-and-neck race, with Reid enjoying a slight edge but Angle hovering near the margin of error.
 
Winner: Reid



 

Date created : 2010-10-07

COMMENT(S)