Vote 2010: Reid, Optimistic and Upbeat, Pushes Hard in Final Days of Campaign

Embattled Majority Leader says fight for his political life will end in victory

ByABC News
October 31, 2010, 9:20 PM

Nov. 1, 2010 -- It's been one of the toughest, hardest fought, nastiest campaigns of the midterm election cycle but in the final days before the election Senator Harry Reid's, D-Nev., mood is decidedly upbeat.

ABC News caught up with Senator Reid over the weekend as he made two stops at his campaign headquarters in Sparks, Nevada. The casually dressed Majority Leader ping-ponged around the room, making small talk with his devoted army.

ABC News asked Reid, who is under assault on the airwaves in Nevada and fighting for his political life, how he was feeling going into Election Day:

"I feel good, to be honest with you," he said. "I have a lot of energy physically, emotionally and I'm very happy with the campaign where we are."

The polls tell a different story. For weeks, he and opponent and Tea Party favorite Sharron Angle have been locked in a statistical dead heat, although neither is particularly popular with voters.

A recent Mason-Dixon poll showed Reid is more unpopular than ever, carrying an unfavorability rating of 56 percent compared with 39 percent for Angle.

For his part, Reid says he's not the reason he's unpopular, insisting multiple times during his time with supporters that the Republicans were the architects of the financial meltdown responsible for so much angst in Nevada.

After commenting Angle was at the bottom of the rung among opponents he has faced in his long career, Reid said, "But for the economy, it wouldn't be a contest."

Surrounded by his supporters, Reid seemed content, confident and determined to push hard until the end.

He served pancakes and bacon "to offer thanks from his heart."

"I wish I could convey with my mouth the feelings I have in my heart," he said while addressing those gathered in the campaign office. "But I can't do that and so I just have to say thank you. What you're doing is making a difference."

Reid became visibly emotional while talking about how difficult the campaign has been. While chatting with a voter on the phone at his headquarters, he remarked, "Things are going to get better. It's been very difficult for me, for everybody."