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Running against Sharron Angle on Social Security and Scientology

Sen. Harry Reid's (R-Nev.) first negative ad against Sharron Angle, whose underdog campaign won the right to challenge him last week, takes the tack that we'd expected, hitting the Republican over comments made this year about "phasing out" Social Security and supporting a Scientology-backed prisoner rehabilitation program.

Worth noting: George Will's weekend comments on how Reid could win re-election.

[H]e has to figure out in his canny way how to win with 43 percent. Here's how you do it: You spend a lot of money to take down your most -- what you think is your strongest opponent. You pick your opponent. There are six other lines on that ballot, independent candidates. That'll disperse the vote. And there's a none-of-the-above in Nevada. You can vote, "I don't like any of these people." So in that sense, he may have brought down to 43 percent the winning total and his -- his threshold of victory.

Besides Reid and Angle, there are three independents, an American Independent Party candidate, and a so-called Tea Party candidate on the ballot, as well as a "none of the above" option. Tea Party groups spent good money and time getting the "tea party" candidate's numbers down to low single digits.

By David Weigel  |  June 14, 2010; 9:11 AM ET
Categories:  2010 Election  
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