Harry Reid, in Trouble at Home, Launches Two TV Ads

By Jacqueline Klingebiel

Oct 15, 2009 12:42pm

ABC News’ Teddy Davis reports: As Harry Reid works to craft health-care legislation in the Senate, he is also fighting for his political life back home in Nevada.

The Senate Majority Leader is launching two television ads a full 383 days before he faces the voters. Reid’s campaign says that the ads were “long planned” to begin airing a year out from the election to introduce Reid to the 395,749 new voters registered in Nevada since his last election in 2004. The new registrants represent roughly one third of all registered voters in the state. The first ad, which is called “Nevada Jobs,” features Jim Murren, the CEO of MGM Mirage, touting Reid’s work to get the economy back on track.

The second ad, which is called “Hard Work,” highlights Reid’s humble origins.

Republicans have not yet settled on a nominee against Reid.

The top two contenders are Sue Lowden, a former head of the state GOP who was the second runner-up for Miss America in 1973, and Danny Tarkanian, the son of legendary UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian.

Republicans are hoping to make Reid into the Tom Daschle of 2010.

Daschle, a former Senate Democratic Leader, was knocked off by Rep. John Thune, R-S.D., in his 2004 re-election bid.

At a recent briefing with reporters, Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., the chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, said: “Harry Reid is not Tom Daschle” and pointed to the ways in which Nevada, with its growing Latino population, is more Democratic than Daschle’s home state of South Dakota.

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