Nevada: First Things

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Nov. 2 2010 10:38 AM

Nevada: First Things

LAS VEGAS -- This is the area that Harry Reid needs to dominate if he's going to survive the Republican wave. And while signs don't win elections, when you're driving out of McCarran airport you don't see Reid signs. You see a handmade sign on Las Vegas Blvd that reads "ANYONE BUT REID," and you see a small row of signs for Sharron Angle, Reid's Republican opponent, that were produced by FreedomWorks PAC.

Shortly before settling in last night, I flipped through the TV channels to see what ads were still up. Channel 12 was playing "Breaking Point," a 30-minute paid advertisement produced by the National Republican Trust PAC . Back in August I asked whether the PAC would use New Black Panther footage in its ads; that footage is in this movie.

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On the way out to Harry Reid's first event, I flipped on the TV again, and the local Fox News affiliate played a clip from Sharron Angle's latest interview from the campaign trail in Reno. It was not with a local affiliate; it was with Sean Hannity.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter.