October 16th, 2010
04:32 PM ET
4 years ago

Early voting begins in Nevada

(CNN) - Election Day arrived for Nevada residents Saturday as early voting began with the state's Senate campaigns jockeying for votes.

Democratic incumbent Sen. Harry Reid and Republican challenger Sharron Angle are looking at early voting as a key barometer for how they're doing now, and how they will do in the November election.

Fifty-eight percent of Nevada ballots cast in 2008 came from early voting, and the campaigns expect 40 percent to 50 percent of the vote this year will come from early voting.

The Reid campaign has concentrated a significant amount of resources in getting out the vote and has focused its efforts on the Latino community in particular. Reid is attending three events Saturday to encourage early voting.

"For the last four years, we have been building a state-of-the-art get-out-the-vote operation geared toward getting our voters to the polls during the final two weeks of this election," Jon Summers, a Reid campaign spokesman, said in a statement.

Angle's campaign is hoping its enthusiasm will help equal the Democratic efforts in the state.

"Sharron is famous for her grassroots get-out-the-vote operation," Jarrod Agen, Angle's communications director said in a statement. "She will personally be precinct walking and knocking on doors throughout early voting to get people to the polls."

Both camps will be helped by high-profile visits in the coming week. President Barack Obama will visit Nevada on Wednesday, and on Monday former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele will visit the state as part of their Tea Party Express tour.

According to recent polls, the Nevada Senate race remains deadlocked.

–CNN National Political Correspondent Jessica Yellin and Senior Producer Kevin Bohn contributed to this report


Filed under: 2010 • Harry Reid • Nevada • Sharron Angle
soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. barry

    A few more days and she will be Senator Sharron Angle. This will take care of Reid, Pelosi will be a minority member soon, so all that's left to finish cleaning up this huge mess is Obama. I sure hope Hillary jumps Obama's sinking ship and runs against him. She will win against him and whomever the Republicans run by a large majority. Life was good when the Clinton's were in the White House. They have the experience and they have a willingness to work with both sides of the isle, something Obama is clueless on.

    October 16, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  2. Annie, Atlanta

    Barry, life was good in the Clinton whitehouse until Clinton signed the Gramm Bliley Leach Act that did away with Glass Steagall, which had a hand in the financial meltdown of 2008. And as far as Sharron Angle, Republican members of the Nevada Senate are endorsing Reid. That tells me everything I need to know about Angle.

    October 16, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  3. willard bullock

    Impeach out of presdient obama cause he have problems too much for democrati

    October 16, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  4. lauperzone

    Annie, its nice to knw u base ur vote on who republican leaders endorse. :) heaven forbid u thnk 4 urself. let me guess, straight democrat 4ever and always? like endorsements of any kind, crossing party lines or not, wud ever make u vote R. try harder next time. FAIL

    October 16, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  5. LouAz

    CNN, how about more info on "early voting" in Nevada. Are those votes tallied and "public" before the polls close on Nov 2 ?
    We have early mail in ballots here in Aridzona, and about half the votes are cast that way, but results do not start coming until the polls close.

    October 16, 2010 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  6. Rasty

    One can only hope they oust 'Dirty Harry' before he and Nancy and Barry do even more damage to our fine country. COME ON Nevada, we really need your help here!

    October 16, 2010 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  7. kat

    If the people of Nevada re-elect Reid, I'll have to find another place to vacation every year. I refuse to help people who won't help themselves. If they can afford Dirty Harry, They don't need my money.

    October 16, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  8. STEVEN L

    PLEASE.....People of Nevada, VOTE this moron Harry Reid OUT !
    I visit Las Vegas and drop $20,000.00 when I visit, I have thought about stopping going to Vegas because you fools keep on voting this moron in. But I don't believe in punishing every one in Vegas, but I will have to re-think my position if you vote him in again !!!

    October 16, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  9. all of america

    The only way that Reid can win this election is to have his corrupt buddies in nevada rig the elections.

    October 16, 2010 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  10. duke

    In a few day,s she'll be angry Angle,demanding a recount!

    October 16, 2010 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  11. grant

    Americans, the most idiotic electorate the world has ever seen.

    October 16, 2010 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  12. Keep Dreaming

    Barry,

    Your in lala land. Your just as nutty as Angle.

    October 16, 2010 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  13. King

    These nevadians bitch about a better life but they want to kick out the most powerful senator they ever had in their history that could benifit them way more than a rooky tea bagger that have no clue and the president would never agree with. Thats how logical navadians are, you guy might never get another powerhouse like reid. You guy live in a gambling state fore crying out loud. The country just went throgh the worst recession in 80 years, aint no one have any money then of cours your state is going to tank. Blaming a reid is illogical.

    October 16, 2010 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  14. Ralph10

    Annie Atlanta, where did you get your info about the Republican members of the Nevada Senate endorsing Reid. You must be listening to Reid, he will say anthing or do anything to win. He won't go down easy his next million depends on him not losing his job. He has plans on that rail going to California, he owns land along the route and desperately needs the rail to increase his property values. More prok spending will be his next agenda to add to the trillion we already owe. Who cares, right, as long as old Harry gets his share, like the famous Hoover Dam bridge built along his property line. He saw to that.

    October 16, 2010 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  15. Martyj

    When Reid wins, Palin will turn him into a toad and they'll have to go thru elections over and over til a rep wins.

    October 16, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  16. ron

    This woman does not have a plan or clue, she fits right in with the party of no ideas.

    October 16, 2010 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  17. Kenneth Close

    Early voting started this year a little earlier to give cemetery residents a chance to get their votes to the election commission.

    October 16, 2010 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  18. John

    Sharron Angle is UNQUALIFIED to be in the U.S.Senate. If you had any brain at all you could see this. I know REID isn't great but he the less of two evil.

    October 16, 2010 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  19. Nancy

    If Nevada puts Angle in offiIce that tells us how smart the Nevada population is....NOT SMART.....at all. For gods sake listen to her ignorance...

    October 16, 2010 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  20. Marie MD

    @ barry, angle is a first class lunatic. Anyone who thinks this woman deserves to, not just be part of our political group, but a member of the Senate is as delusional as she is. Most, if not all teabaggers, are clueless, uneducated liars who didn't care when the bush administration wasted money in two wars.
    I don't know how old you are but if you are young she wants to do away with the department of education. If you are older she wants to take away your social security and medicare. If you are in jail she does want to give those incarcerated masages.

    October 16, 2010 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  21. barry

    Annie no Republican in their right mind would support Reid. As for Clinton life was better for us all. You sound like you're probably one of the few Hopey Changey folks left.

    October 16, 2010 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  22. kris falcier

    The loss of harry as majority leader would be a tragedy. He is a friend to working people working unselfishly. He doesn't have to. Thanks harry. Good luck

    October 16, 2010 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  23. stufthis

    I would think that making Sharia Angle a senator would be akin to giving Hitler a peace prize.

    October 16, 2010 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  24. MZROSE58

    I am really scared. No normal, reasonable, educated american. Would even consider Extremism as a qualification to hold office, This is not a joke nor a game. We have an obligation to elect qualified, knowledgeable candidates to represent us. I will be casting my vote for Harry Reid. I am obligated to for the welfare of country. Let's get serious people, We must do what's right. Dem's Nov 2nd all the way.

    October 16, 2010 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  25. D. Bunker

    Angle is a nutjob, pure and simple. I've visited Dearborn, MI and there is no "sharia law/" She's full of lies, hate and ignorance. Electing her would be like hiring a pedophile to run a preschool or the captain of the Titanic to run a cruiseship.

    October 16, 2010 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
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