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Las Vegas, NEVADA (CNN) - As the Tea Party Express rolls out of Las Vegas, there is at least one person who may be glad to see it go: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
"There's been kind of an underground gathering of opponents of Harry Reid," said Mark Williams, one of the organizers of the cross country conservative caravan that is making its way towards Washington.
Williams says that dislike of the Nevada Democrat is one of the key factors that is driving people to come out to the five Nevada stops on the tour. With Reid not being up for election until 2010, Williams says people are using the tea parties to come together and vent their frustration with the state's senior senator.
Protesters at a tea party event in Sparks, Nevada drew a rather unflattering caricature of the senator and taped it to the door of a port-a-pottie.
In Winnemucca, Nevada Deborah Johns, another tour organizer, won big applause when she brought up Reid.
"It's time to let Harry Reid know it's time to go back to searchlight," she said, referring to Reid's hometown in Nevada. "When he gets there the lights are going to be out."
In Las Vegas, Kareann Harris came out with a sign that read, "Harry wants Vegas Unemployed" on one side and "Las Vegas Wants Harry Unemployed" on the other.
"Harry Reid is doing nothing for the people here," she said. Harris also took issue with comments President Obama made in February disparaging companies receiving federal bailout money from traveling on corporate junkets to places like Las Vegas.
"You can't get corporate jets. You can't go take a trip to Las Vegas or go down to the Super Bowl on the taxpayer's dime," Obama said at a town hall then.
The president's comments worried many in Las Vegas, a city with an economy that relies heavily on tourism.
"When Barack Obama spoke against the city of Las Vegas Harry Reid laid down and took it," Harris said. "Harry should have stood up for us."
Barbara Goldman, a retired New York City teacher who now lives in Las Vegas, agreed with Harris.
"I don't like the fact that when Obama told corporations not to come here to do their conventions, [Reid] said nothing."
A registered Republican, Goldman said she voted for Reid in his last election - a decision she now regrets. Her sign was a bit more simple: "Dump Reid"
Meanwhile, Reid's office sent a young staffer, Sean Kennedy, on the road to trail the caravan as it made its way across the Silver State. He has videotaped each event.
Williams made a point of introducing Kennedy at each of the rallies and spoke directly into Kennedy's camera to address the Nevada senator.
"Your going down pal! This is our country, it's not your country, it's not your fiefdom Mr. Reid!" he said at the Winnemucca stop to much approval from the crowd.
Sharron Angle hitched a ride on the tea party express as it made its way to Las Vegas. She served four terms in the Nevada State Assembly and expects to run in next year's Republican Senate primary.
"He says he works hard for us but we have 13.1 percent unemployment right here in Las Vegas. We are down 27 percent in tourism," Angle after addressing the crowd at the Las Vegas stop.
Angle thinks that if she can tap into the passion on display at the tea parties she might have a chance against the top Democrat in the Senate.
"These are just regular folks," Angle said as she surveyed the crowd, "and they're not wanting to join the choir, they're wanting to join the army."
The tea party tour is now headed to Flagstaff, Arizona.