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Reid: Nevadans Chose 'Hope Over Fear' In Defeating Angle

Harry Reid says voters in Nevada have chosen "hope over fear" — and chose to "move forward, not backwards."

The Senate majority leader — who for months had appeared headed for defeat — was able to survive a fierce challenge from tea party star Sharron Angle to win a fifth term in the Senate.

With nearly all of the projected vote counted, Reid was holding a 5-point edge. That was a surprise in a race where one poll after another showed a dead heat.

But Nevada's Democrats have a voter-registration edge of 60,000, and Reid and his union allies had mounted a huge get-out-the-vote operation in the closing days of the campaign.

According to an AP analysis of preliminary exit poll results, Reid's win was powered by overwhelming support from minority voters.

In a state known for its centrist politics, Angle was portrayed as too extreme. In addition to privatizing Social Security and Medicare, she wanted to slash federal spending and break up the Education Department. She opposes abortion in all cases.

This program aired on November 3, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.

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