(CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is out Monday with a new ad that blatantly accuses his opponent of siding with domestic violence perpetrators over their victims.
"In the state assembly, Sharron Angle voted to prevent restraining orders from other states from being enforced in Nevada," a Nevada Patrol officer says in the ad. "It would have made Nevada a safe-haven for domestic abusers. Thankfully, other legislators weren't so extreme, because Sharron Angle sided with the abuser, not the abused."
The accusation refers to a vote Angle cast as a Nevada state assemblywoman in 2001 against a bill that would honor restraining orders issued in other states. The bill eventually passed 31 to 9.
The 30-second spot began airing statewide on Monday, according to Reid's campaign.
Angle's campaign accused the powerful Democrat of taking the former state assemblywoman's vote out of context.
"It's taken out of context, she did not oppose the merits of the bill, she raised concerns to ensure that enforcement documents were authentic and present," Angle campaign spokesman Jarrod Agen told CNN. "Attacking Sharron, who's a grandmother and a former schoolteacher, on domestic violence is just desperation and more fear mongering to distract from Harry's failed economic record in Nevada."
The high-profile race between Reid and Angle has grown increasingly bitter since Angle locked up the Republican Party's nomination in June. A Mason-Dixon poll conducted for the Las Vegas Review-Journal and 8NewsNow released Sunday reveals the race is in a statistical dead heat.