Thursday, November 04, 2010

Nevada: Hispanic Vote; Knife-fight Politics

Tom Bevan at “RealClearPolitics” election night quoted a pollster who said they have to do a better job polling the Hispanic vote. That’s after Sen. Harry Reid won by 6%, after trailing Sharron Angle in the last (Mason-Dixon) poll by 4%. Nevada’s Hispanic population is 26% of that state’s total. Nevada is the fifth least “non-Hispanic white” state in the country.

ABC’s George Stephanopoulos mentioned to Bill O’Reilly yesterday that Reid won re-election when he helped make Sharron Angle his Republican opponent. What was that about? Turns out, according to the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza last June, Harry Reid engineered a barrage of attacks against then-leading Republican candidate Sue Lowden before the Republican primary, attacks designed to knock her out of the race in favor of Angle.

Such a Reid tactic would have been similar to ex-California governor Gray Davis, a Democrat, running TV ads during the 2002 Republican primary against Los Angeles mayor Richard Riordan, in order to help Republicans nominate a weaker opponent Davis could more easily defeat. It worked for Davis, it apparently worked for Reid.

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