Desert Firestorm: The Nevada Senate Race Heats Up

The answer seemed to satisfy this audience, although this was a friendly crowd that, like about roughly half of all voters in Nevada, is ready to vote for anybody running against Harry Reid. The latest ABC News poll out today shows that sour mood is nationwide: With just two months before the 2010 midterm elections, likely voters now favor the Republican over the Democratic candidate in their congressional district by 53-40 percent, the widest GOP margin on record in ABC News/Washington Post polls since 1981.

Judy Walsh, a Minden resident who is supporting Angle summed it up this way: "There are so many people who, though they don't know Sharron, say, 'I would vote for the devil before Harry Reid.'"

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As she responded to questions, Angle took aim at Harry Reid, highlighting what she believes he has -- or has not -- done for Nevada.

"Harry Reid wants to make this election about me," Angle told voters in Minden. "This election isn't about me. It's about our economy."

And Nevada's economy is the hardest hit in the entire country. With a 14.3 percent unemployment rate, the highest in the United States, Nevada also leads the nation in home foreclosures and personal bankruptcies.

For his part, Reid said he bore no responsibility for Nevada's economic woes, which he blames on the Bush administration and the Republicans in Congress. When ABC News asked the senator if he deserved his job back, Reid fired back with an unapologetic explanation:

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"You know that I had nothing to do with the massive foreclosures here. You know that I had nothing to do with these unemployment figures. In fact, I've worked hard to change them," Reid told ABC News. "My opponent says that it is not her job to create jobs. And I think that is really wrong. I think it is my job to ceate jobs, and I've done my best. Is there more that needs to take place? Of course, there is."

Tune in to "World News" tonight for complete coverage of the Nevada Senate race. You can also watch more of Harry Reid's interview today on ABC News "Top Line." The interview with Angle -- in which she responded for the first time to questions about some of her more controversial comments -- airs on Top Line tomorrow.

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