Las Vegas, Nevada (CNN) – The ballroom at Harry Reid headquarters at the Aria Hotel cheered as returns kept showing him throughout the nation with a healthy margin over Sharron Angle. They erupted in cheers and applause when the television networks started calling the race for the Senate Majority Leader - a call that came much earlier than many thought.
Meanwhile the mood at his Republican opponent's headquarters at the Venetian Hotel was more quiet, somber as with many in attendance in shock as polls showed Angle with a small lead going into the election.
Both candidates watched the returns from hotel suites. Neither allowed a photo opportunity with them.
– Producer Jennifer Wysocki contributed to this story.