(CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Monday released a new television ad in which he takes credit for securing education funding for his cash-strapped state and slams his opponent for her hard-line views on the Department of Education.
On August 10, Reid voted in favor of a bill that provided emergency funding to prevent teacher layoffs; President Obama signed the bill on August 11.
The ad uses Tea Party favorite Sharron Angle's own words to criticize her position on education. Angle told a Nevada radio station in May that she wants to "go through to the elimination" of the Department of Education because "it's not the federal government's job to provide education for our children."
That's "just too extreme," according to the new 30-second spot.
"Angle's radical plans to eliminate the Department of Education would cost Nevada college students more than $500 million in financial aid like Pell grants, and hundreds of millions for our state's elementary and secondary schools – all at a time when our students can least afford such draconian cuts," Reid campaign spokesman Kelly Steele said in a statement.
The race between Reid and Angle is in a statistical dead heat, according to the latest Mason-Dixon poll conducted for the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Reid leads Angle by a 46-44 percent margin, with 5 percent of voters saying they are undecided. The poll's sampling error is 4 points.
Angle's campaign responded to Reid's ad Monday night, calling it a distraction.
"Senator Harry Reid has no solutions to the problems facing the nation and his disgraceful ads show how desperate he has become," Angle spokesman Jerry Stacy told CNN in a statement. "Senator Reid is too afraid to talk about his own record, so he tries to distract Nevadans from the real issues."
"Senator Reid’s home state leads the nation in unemployment, housing foreclosures, and bankruptcies, and Harry Reid is trying to hide his responsibility – but the voters are smarter than that. Nevadans know that Harry Reid’s policies and lack of real solutions caused these crises, and his ads are not fooling anyone," Stacy added.
(Updated at 7:00 p.m. ET with Angle campaign response)