(CNN) - Nevada Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle says two of her opponent's supporters "staged" the brawl that erupted Thursday at a candidate forum attended by her and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
"There were two women that were actually looking for a fight, trying to get that to be the top news story and they succeeded," Angle told national radio host Jerry Doyle on Friday. Audio of the exchange was posted online by well-known Nevada political journalist Jon Ralston.
Angle had attended the forum in person while Reid submitted his responses via video.
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Video and photos of the fight appear to show a man punching a woman in the head. News reports indicate the woman was attempting to walk out of the auditorium during Angle's closing remarks.
Reid's campaign seized the moment, saying Angle's remarks raise "serious questions about [her] character."
"Beyond her extreme and dangerous agenda for Nevada, Angle has said many things that cause reasonable people to literally question her sanity and whether or not Angle knows the difference between the pathological things that escape her mouth and objective reality - and this may take the cake," Reid's spokesman, Kelly Steele said in a statement.
According to a CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation poll released on September 15, the race between Reid and Angle is statistically deadlocked, with 42 percent of likely voters supporting Angle and 41 percent backing Reid.