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Early voting in Nevada could boost Sharron Angle

Former Nevada state Assemblywoman Sharron Angle (R) has the momentum on her side in the June 8 GOP primary to face Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid -- a surge that appears likely to be maximized by a unique aspect of Nevada's elections system: the early voting process.

Early voting, which was first instituted in the state in 1996 and, this year, will allow voters to cast their ballots during a two-week window from May 22 to June 4, has proven to be wildly popular among Nevada voters.

In the eight statewide primaries and general elections since 2002, an average of 41 percent of Nevada voters cast their ballots early, with the number reaching a record high of 58 percent in the 2008 general election.

In Clark (Las Vegas) and Washoe (Reno) counties, which typically deliver 75 to 80 percent of the total statewide vote, 12,837 voters have already voted, or 1.4 percent of active registered voters in the two counties. In Washoe, total early turnout is slightly ahead of what it was at the same point in the 2006 primary, while results in Clark -- a key county for Lowden -- are on par with 2006, according to registrars in each county.

The opening of the early voting window coincides with the rapid rise of Angle who carries support from tea party activists as well as the Club for Growth.

A recent poll conducted for the Las Vegas Review-Journal showed how quickly Angle has consolidated support.

Former state party chairwoman Sue Lowden (R) led the field with 30 percent followed by Angle at 25 percent and businessman Danny Tarkanian at 22 percent. An early April R-J poll showed Angle at just five percent and badly trailing Lowden who stood at 45 percent.

Angle's rise has directly coincided with Lowden's stumbles -- particularly over comments about bartering with doctors using chickens. (And, no, that is not a typo.)

Who wins the Republican nomination is no small thing as the winner will face Reid in the fall.

Polling suggests Reid is deeply damaged in the eyes of Nevada voters but the prospect of Angle, who cut a very conservative path during her six years in the state legislature, as the GOP nominee has stoked optimism in Reid world.

While most establishment Republicans believe Lowden is their best candidate, it's not clear yet whether the identity of the GOP nominee matters given that Reid is universally known among Nevada voters and yet struggles to crest the low 40s in hypothetical matchups against the top Republicans.

-- Felicia Sonmez

By The Fix  |  May 25, 2010; 5:00 PM ET
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I much prefer Angle to the duplicitous, controlling Sue Lowden, a veritable Republican version of Nancy Pelosi. Angle has altruism, Lowden only a quest for power.

Posted by: McClarinJ | May 26, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Sharon Angle is like crack for 'conservatives' -- and cracked she is:

On her website — full of spelling mistakes and grammatical errors — Angle declares: "Like a soldier going to war, I am fighting for my country, the Constitution and a free society."

"She wants to privatize Social Security; cut federal spending by hundreds of billions of dollars; build nuclear power plants inside Yucca Mountain; abolish the federal income tax and institute a "simpler, fairer, flatter tax system"; "defund Obamacare"; pull the United States out of the United Nations; ban nearly all abortions; get rid of the Energy and Education departments as well as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac; and remove all campaign finance restrictions."

Do tell the old folks in Nevada you want to hand Social Security over to Goldman Sachs, dear... good luck with that now.

Posted by: drindl | May 26, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

absolutely bsimon. Way too much analysis is based on conventional wisdom. Funny how Chris constantly talks polls, but not one peep about the two year long REPORT with 92,000 respondents that shows a big upswing in blacks voting in the south. Ever since the '06 elections, couldn't have had anything to do with Katrina, could it? 'Cause they sure haven't been voting GOP. Bacon jr is another that wallows in polls and conventional wisdom to base his reports on. Remember his big headline on the front page-something like, mark my words the Tea Party is a major movement in the US and will have huge impact in the midterms. all based on stupid polls that have 1,009 respondents 93% white, and 74% conservative. These white male reporters seem to completely discount how pissed off minorities are at the horrendous treatment the Prez has gotten from the TPer's, and the GOPers. Bacon has also stated that he would be surprised if blacks turned out to vote when there isn't a black on the ballot nationally. How ignorant, blacks have voted for white people for decades. way to go Perry, insult them some more why don't you. Just like CC's long time friend Chip with his "Barack the Magic Negro" cd. You think blacks have forgotten about that, coming from a candidate for the head of the RNC?

Posted by: katem1 | May 26, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

so 8 out of 15 posts are by the corner, and still Chris lets him flood and double space. Thank-you corner for being such a consistent example of GOP trolling, and mindset.

Posted by: katem1 | May 26, 2010 8:45 AM | Report abuse

The "caveman" reference is RACIST towards whites - there can be no mistaking Eugene the little twit is venting his anger at white people.


Yea, Eugene is trying to sterotype the redneck, gun-clinging, religion-clinging and white man who Eugene is convinced just isn't up to his standards of intelligence and "leftist" advancement.


So "caveman" and "knuckdragger" have become the new racist slurs against these sterotyped people.


The only question that remains is: has littl Eugene-the-twit realized that he has become what he is against?

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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 26, 2010 1:07 AM | Report abuse

If you feel the same passion that I do, the same urgency that I do, we know the people will rise up in November !

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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 25, 2010 11:40 PM | Report abuse


When Scott Brown was elected - Obama should have taken that and started to negotiate them.


Instead Obama decided to jam through the health care bill.


NOW Obama has realized he needs Republican votes in the Senate - and here he is.


But Obama has already played his games - he wants everyone to be nice to him before the election.

Obama has to realize that this is NOT how the game is played.

The American People are sick of this kind of politics.


IF OBAMA WANTS TO START - OBAMA CAN START BY DENOUNCING THOSE PEOPLE WHO HAVE MADE FALSE CHARGES OF RACISM.


OTHERWISE, GO JUMP IN THE LAKE.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 25, 2010 11:32 PM | Report abuse


When Scott Brown was elected - Obama should have taken that and started to negotiate them.


Instead Obama decided to jam through the health care bill.


NOW Obama has realized he needs Republican votes in the Senate - and here he is.


But Obama has already played his games - he wants everyone to be nice to him before the election.

Obama has to realize that this is NOT how the game is played.

The American People are sick of this kind of politics.


IF OBAMA WANTS TO START - OBAMA CAN START BY DENOUNCING THOSE PEOPLE WHO HAVE MADE FALSE CHARGES OF RACISM.


OTHERWISE, GO JUMP IN THE LAKE.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 25, 2010 11:26 PM | Report abuse

Noacoler

309 Million, except for a few here - and don't you forget it

Posted by: 37thand0street | May 25, 2010 11:23 PM | Report abuse

Angle is the daring of the red zinger tea bags.

Lowden is the object of lust of both the Republic Party and the casino industry.

Tarkanian is the shark's kid and the tea bags have been on him to throw in the towl.

No matter once the ballots are cast and they've added up the lot, you're going to find out that it won't matter diddly squat.

Posted by: whocares666 | May 25, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: MikeLicht | May 25, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

So some methhead burnout with rotten brain tissue coming out his nose claims to speak for 300 million Americans.

Jump in a lake yourself, druggie.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 25, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

When Scott Brown was elected - Obama should have taken that and started to negotiate them.


Instead Obama decided to jam through the health care bill.

NOW Obama has realized he needs Republican votes in the Senate - and here he is.

But Obama has already played his games - he wants everyone to be nice to him before the election.


Obama has to realize that this is NOT how the game is played.


The American People are sick of this kind of politics.

IF OBAMA WANTS TO START - OBAMA CAN START BY DENOUNCING THOSE PEOPLE WHO HAVE MADE FALSE CHARGES OF RACISM.

OTHERWISE, GO JUMP IN THE LAKE.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 25, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Isn't Sue Lowden the "Chickens for Checkups" Sue Lowden. Sue's alternative to Obamacare is to have people beg their doctors to accept chickens for major illnesses, surgeries, months-long hospital stays, major rehabilitations.

Good luck with that, Sue.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | May 25, 2010 8:12 PM
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The chicken itself would be even money against Dungy Harry.

Posted by: Brigade | May 25, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Isn't Sue Lowden the "Chickens for Checkups" Sue Lowden. Sue's alternative to Obamacare is to have people beg their doctors to accept chickens for major illnesses, surgeries, months-long hospital stays, major rehabilitations.

Good luck with that, Sue.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | May 25, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse


If Bush was President right now, every news outlet in the nation would be on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico recording every drop of oil, and every bird and every little plant affected.


But this is OBAMA'S OIL SPILL.


The media lets Obama blame BP for weeks, trying to dodge responsibility - and then Obama goes on vacation.


The media almost seemed to want to bury the story, but they had to bring it back when it became clear that the oil spill was huge.

Meanwhile - Obama is back at the White House working on the oil spill -- OH NO HE ISN'T - Obama is in California on a fundraising trip for the democrats.


This weekend Obama will work on the oil spill - OH NO HE WON'T - Obama is going on vacation this weekend.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 25, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

bsimon1


Harry "the war is lost" Reid is destrying this country with his trillion dollar deficit.


Instead of working on that problem, Harry Reid decides it is best for the country to spend ANOTHER TRILLION DOLLARS on health care.

You bisimon are a COMPLETE JOKE - your support for these people is HURTING THE NATION -

STOP BEING IRRESPONSIBLE WITH THIS NATION.

The democrats have proven that they are UNFIT TO GOVERN - and never again will the country allow the democrats back in power.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 25, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Get your facts straight, more than 22,000 votes have been cast in Clark County.

http://www.lasvegassun.com/blogs/ralstons-flash/2010/may/25/more-22000-have-now-voted-clark-county/

Posted by: KevinFolsom | May 25, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

The Fix is pickin' up what we been puttin' down for months: voters may be frustrated with the Dems, but when they look at the alternatives, the Dems start lookin' pretty good.

When the GTP comes to its senses, the Dems will have to start worrying. Until then, talk of a tidal election is based too much on historical precedence & not enough on what is happening today.

Posted by: bsimon1 | May 25, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

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