Last week’s Republican primary for the Senate race in Nevada was closely watched by both parties, as the Majority Leader Harry Reid’s grip on his seat has been considered uncertain due to his close association with the Obama administration’s policies. However, the outcome of the vote does not seem to clarify much at this point.
The state’s Republican voters picked a little-known Tea Party activist Sharron Angle to take on Reid. According to media reports, the 60-year-old Angle is fiercely committed to small-government, and has been seen as a "low-tax crusader."
Fiscally conservative supporters are excited and Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Michael Steele promised that Angle would get the support from the national party to defeat Reid, but some are concerned because throughout the campaign she cast herself as an anti-establishment candidate.
"She has pretty well defined herself as a niche candidate. How does she break out of that mold to a broader audience?" asked University of Nevada political scientist David DaMore, quoted by The Associated Press (AP).
By contrast, Reid may lack charisma and be unpopular in the state with nearly 14 percent unemployment, but he has lots of money and the backing of some powerful allies, including President Obama himself, according to the news source.
In the end, some commentators say independent voters will be key in deciding the outcome of the November election.