October 16th, 2010
04:32 PM ET
12 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. NameRahman

    Obama, Pelosi and Read ,all three are bad news ,they are all in it for themselves.

    October 16, 2010 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  2. Linda Rigdon

    Goodbye........ Reid, Pelosi, and Obama from a former Obama supporter!!!!!!

    October 17, 2010 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  3. Bessy

    barry, you really don't have a clue about anything, do you ? You have to either be sick, or just plain stupid to want Sharon, Angle in office. That is just selling the country down the drain. Do you even know what she is against and hopes to vote against ? No, I didn't think so.

    October 17, 2010 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  4. Aaron

    With Angle going door to door, I wonder how many people will think Halloween came a bit early this year. She's scarier than any goblin in her views and doesn't look any better.

    October 17, 2010 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  5. Hall for President

    Barry "They have the experience and they have a willingness to work with both sides of the isle, something Obama is clueless on." Who are the people voting "NO" on every thing Obama come to the table with? It looks like some one else don't know how to work both sides of the isle. It would be nice if you would just forget what color Obama is and give him credit for what he have done. He kept your sorry ass from going into the ditch and off the cliff. You may not give him credit now but one day you will.

    you got it wrong

    October 17, 2010 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  6. Marry

    Dear Barry, well, if you do not like the Dems, tell me what the GOP has done for you in the last 2 years? Did they help clean up the mess they left under Bush besides saying “NO, Hell NO”? And, why you think the Dems can clean up a mess in 2 years that has taken 8 to create? The GOP/TP has nothing to offer the middle class besides the deficits they created by wars and tax cuts for the rich, very wired and short talking points spread by people (and yes, Angle is one of the worst) that are difficult to describe without using words that are true but I don’t like. All the GOP/TP will do is to try to get back power and serve the 2% of very rich that do not need the services (SS, healthcare, education, infrastructure, regulation, etc. etc.) that I and millions of Americans need to prosper and use their potential. So I am going to vote against my own interests? NO, HELL NO! Please, vote informed, responsible and smart in November!

    October 17, 2010 04:53 am at 4:53 am |
  7. This black liberal hates Obama

    Prove it, Annie, Atlanta. I didn't think so!

    October 17, 2010 05:02 am at 5:02 am |
  8. J.V.Hodgson

    As I see this race it will define the level of the tea parties ability not only here but in other elections where tea party candidates are to the fore. If we listen to CNN. Delaware appears to be a disaster, Angle seems to have the best chance here in Nevada, although I am not sure I believe the Polls. She has on more than one occasion come out with really extreme comments that in my opinion even some Republicans have difficulty with them.
    QED I think it will affect Republican turnout and Independents votes and for sure latino's who can vote are not going to vote for her.

    October 17, 2010 05:08 am at 5:08 am |
  9. cecilia

    God help us all if the American people are so stupid and gullible as to vote for sharon angle – if this happens, I know we have gone round the bend to a place of no return

    October 17, 2010 05:29 am at 5:29 am |
  10. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    What I find amusing is the Nevada Secretary of State cannot release the results of early balloting until the official beginning of election day. The number of votes cast will hopefully be enough that the poll workers will be able to have an easier time verifying the validity of the poll goers. Now, if only we could be certain that the people were actually filling out their own ballots, and you don't have the various party hacks living up to the old Mayor Daley (of Chicago – the dad not the current) "Vote early and vote often."

    October 17, 2010 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
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