From POLITICAL HOTSHEET at CBS NEWS:
The race for Senator in Nevada came down to which group was motivated to vote more for their candidate. The winner is incumbent Harry Reid, who was able to beat back a formidable, Tea Party-backed Republican opponent. Preliminary results from the CBS News exit poll in Nevada showed that 11% percent of the electorate decided whom to vote for within the last three days or sometime within the last week. A majority of this group went to Reid, the Democratic incumbent [...].
Those who made their decisions earlier were divided about voting for Reid or for his Republican opponent Sharron Angle. Angle is the darling of the Tea Party movement with an endorsement from Sarah Palin. She campaigned portraying Reid as out of touch with Nevada voters, and she was able to tap into voter anger, frustration and fears of the lagging economy.
Three out of 10 Nevada voters say they’re very worried that they or a family member will lose a home because of foreclosure, and 51 percent of this group supported Angle, while 24 percent were somewhat worried and 52 percent of this group support Reid.
Angle angered the Republican business community and moderate Republicans in the state, and many business leaders and the Chamber of Commerce endorsed Reid. Some of her stands are perceived as strange, like massages for prisoners going through drug detox, linking abortion to breast cancer and eliminating the Depts. of Energy and Education, plus making racist comments.
From the Reno Gazette-Journal:
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid won re-election with overwhelming support from minority voters, an Associated Press analysis of preliminary exit poll results showed Tuesday night.
The Democrat bested Republican challenger Sharron Angle among all nonwhite voters surveyed, including about two-thirds of Hispanics, about eight in 10 blacks and about three-quarters of Asians.
Polls show minorities made up more than four in 10 Reid voters.
Seven in 10 voters overall were white, and Angle was supported by more than half of them.
Race became a visible issue in the nasty campaign after ads and gaffes by Angle generated complaints from Reid’s campaign and some voters. Angle maintained that it was Reid who was fixated on race, not her.
Reid retained a higher percentage of votes from voters who called themselves Democratic than Angle garnered from those who consider themselves Republican. Reid also won despite attracting far fewer voters calling themselves independent than in 2004. Half of them voted for Angle.
Nearly six in 10 Nevada voters said the nationwide tea party movement wasn’t a factor in their vote in the 2010 Senate race.
The exit and telephone poll of early and absentee voters showed nearly four in 10 voters say they support the conservative movement. That was slightly more than the number of voters who said they oppose the movement.
Nearly one in four voters said they have neutral feelings about the tea party. As expected, tea party backers overwhelmingly picked Angle. Reid was picked as strongly by those opposed to the movement.
More than seven in 10 voters surveyed said they were either dissatisfied or angry over the way the federal government works.
Fewer than four in 10 voters said they strongly favored the Senate candidate they voted for — about as many said they disliked the other candidates. Nearly one-quarter said they liked their candidate, but with reservations.
The top issue for voters this election was the economy, with two-thirds of voters naming it as more important than the war in Afghanistan, health care and illegal immigration. Those who picked the economy were split about evenly in their support of Angle and Reid. Nearly six in 10 voters who said illegal immigration was the top issue backed Angle, while more than two-thirds who identified health care backed Reid.
I am so thrilled that we no longer have to listen to that radio talk-show shrew Heidi Harris go on and on about how Sharron the Obtuse Angle is going to win.