Victorious Angle vows to take back 'our U.S. Senate seat' from Harry Reid


Republican Senate nominee Sharron Angle told supporters at the Orleans Arena that her victory in Tuesday’s primary “was the first step toward taking back our U.S. Senate seat.”

Angle, who was headed toward a surprise double-digit victory over Las Vegas casino owner Sue Lowden, announced “we have the opportunity to send a very positive message, and that message is dump Harry Reid.”

Angle, who served four terms in the State Assembly, thanked several voter coalitions along with the Tea Party, helped put her over the top.

“This is an important moment, not just for Nevada, but our nation,” Angle said. "We’re going to tell Harry Reid there is no such thing as being too big to fail. We need to say to Harry, 'you have failed and you are fired.’ ”

With almost 94 percent of precincts reporting statewide, Angle had 466,488 votes, or 40 percent, compared to Lowden, who had 43,564 votes or 26.2 percent.

Angle was presented with a commemorative silver coin after the victory.

“This is what we’ve got to get back to, a dollar that is solid and based on solid Nevada silver,” Angle said.

Reid, in a statement released by his campaign, said he looked forward to the general election.

“This election presents voters with a clear choice on who will stand up for Nevada’s families.  As the majority leader of the Senate, I am working to create good-paying jobs in our state by investing in Nevada’s clean energy resources. I have been leading the fight to protect consumers by taking on Big Oil and Wall Street. And I am proud of the reform we passed to help make health care more affordable for all Nevadans. 

“Times are still tough, but we are now starting to see things beginning to turn around as the measures we have taken continue to work. I remain convinced that by coming together Nevada’s future still is as bright as it has ever been.”

Reid didn’t mention Angle, but a statement from the Nevada Democratic Party called Angle “dangerous” and “wacky.”

“Sharron Angle is a right-wing ideologue whose dangerous ideas include wiping out Social Security and giving prisoners massages,” said Phoebe Sweet, communications director for the Nevada State Democratic Party. “With Sharron Angle as the Republican nominee, the choice facing voters in November couldn’t be clearer: Nevada has never needed Sen. Harry Reid more.”

Lowden, the early front-runner whose campaign missteps led to her second place finish, acknowledged her defeat before 9:45 p.m.

“Tonight I have no regrets,” she said before a crowd of about 200 supporters and campaign staffers. “I just called Sharron Angle and congratulated her for winning the Republican primary and I wished her well.”

She said the voters had spoken. “And I accept their decision.”

She said she would return to her private life, and to her family, who joined her on stage.

She said Washington, D.C., was “broken,” and only “one person” seemed not to know that. She alluded to Reid, but did not mention him by name.

“We fell short tonight,” she said, “but it isn’t because of a lack of effort.”

She did not take questions after her five-minute speech. Campaign staffers ushered her away into a back room.

The Associated Press called the race for Angle shortly after 9:30 p.m.

Las Vegas businessman Danny Tarkanian, who finished in third place, said he would help Angle in the general election.

“I’ll do whatever we can to see her win,” Tarkanian said. “I’ll do my part, whatever she asks us to do.”

Angle captures GOP U.S. Senate primary; Lowden concedes defeat (10:15 p.m.)

Former Reno Republican Assemblywoman Sharron Angle will take on Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in November as she headed toward a surprise double-digit victory Tuesday night in the race for the U.S. Senate.

Las Vegas casino owner Sue Lowden, the early front-runner whose campaign missteps led to her second place finish, acknowledged her defeat before 9:45 p.m.

“Tonight I have no regrets,” she said before a crowd of about 200 supporters and campaign staffers. “I just called Sharron Angle and congratulated her for winning the Republican primary and I wished her well.”

She said the voters had spoken. “And I accept their decision.”

She said she would return to her private life, and to her family, who joined her on stage.

She said Washington, D.C., was “broken,” and only “one person” seemed not to know that. She alluded to Reid, but did not mention him by name.

“We fell short tonight,” she said, “but it isn’t because of a lack of effort.”

She did not take questions after her five-minute speech. Campaign staffers ushered her away into a back room.

Angle had yet to speak by 10 p.m., but Reid, in a statement released by his campaign, said he looked forward to the general election.

“This election presents voters with a clear choice on who will stand up for Nevada’s families.  As the majority leader of the Senate, I am working to create good-paying jobs in our state by investing in Nevada’s clean energy resources.  I have been leading the fight to protect consumers by taking on Big Oil and Wall Street. And I am proud of the reform we passed to help make health care more affordable for all Nevadans. 

“Times are still tough, but we are now starting to see things beginning to turn around as the measures we have taken continue to work.  I remain convinced that by coming together Nevada’s future still is as bright as it has ever been.”

Reid didn’t mention Angle, but a statement from the Nevada Democratic Party called Angle “dangerous” and “wacky.”

“Sharron Angle is a right-wing ideologue whose dangerous ideas include wiping out Social Security and giving prisoners massages,” said Phoebe Sweet, communications director for the Nevada State Democratic Party. “With Sharron Angle as the Republican nominee, the choice facing voters in November couldn’t be clearer: Nevada has never needed Sen. Harry Reid more.”

The Associated Press called the race for Angle shortly after 9:30 p.m.

Las Vegas businessman Danny Tarkanian, who finished in third place, said he would help Angle in the general election.

“I’ll do whatever we can to see her win,” Tarkanian said. “I’ll do my part, whatever she asks us to do.”

Angle captures GOP U.S. Senate primary; Tarkanian vows to help her (9:54 p.m.)

Former Reno Assemblywoman Sharron Angle was heading toward a double-digit victory Tuesday night to claim the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate.

The Associated Press called the race for Angle shortly after 9:30 p.m.

Angle held a 12 point lead over Las Vegas casino owner Sue Lowden with 57 percent of the precincts reporting statewide. Angle had 52,619 votes, or 39.4 percent, compared to Lowden’s 36,318 votes, or 27.1 percent.

Las Vegas businessman Danny Tarkanian trailed in third place with 30,571 votes, or 22.8 percent. Tarkanian said he would help Angle in the general election.

“I’ll do whatever we can to see her win,” Tarkanian said. “I’ll do my part, whatever she asks us to do.”

With 52 percent of votes reporting in populous Clark County, Angle held a 5 percent lead.

Angle will face Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in the November general election.

Lowden arrived at her campaign event at the View 215 events center shortly before 7:30 p.m. to a round of applause from a small gathering of staffers and supporters. She smiled, shook a few hands and went into a back room.

Crystal Feldman, the campaign’s communications director, said things were going well. She said the campaign was in the field knocking on doors and manning the phones until a few minutes before the polls closed at 7 p.m.

“We finished up strong,” she said.

Just after 9, Lowden took to the stage.

“The night is young,” she said. “We’re going to keep watching the results and see what turns out. Another hour or so.”

She introduced a few people in the crowd.

“Try to have a good time,” she said. “Come on. We’re all together. We’re all together.”

AP: Angle captures Republican U.S. Senate primary (9:41 p.m.)

Former Reno Assemblywoman Sharron Angle was cruising toward a stunning victory Tuesday night to claim the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate.

The Associated Press called the race for Angle shortly after 9:30 p.m.

Angle held a double-digit lead over Las Vegas casino owner Sue Lowden with 45 percent of precincts reporting statewide. Angle had 47,583 votes, or 38.9 percent, compared to Lowden’s 33,674 votes, or 27.6 percent.

Las Vegas businessman Danny Tarkanian trailed in third place with 27,767 votes, or 22.7 percent.

With 52 percent of votes reporting in populous Clark County, Angle held a 5 percentage-point lead.

Angle will face Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in the November general election.

Lowden arrived at her campaign event at the View 215 events center shortly before 7:30 p.m. to a round of applause from a small gathering of staffers and supporters. She smiled, shook a few hands and went into a back room.

Crystal Feldman, the campaign’s communications director, said things were going well. She said the campaign was in the field knocking on doors and manning the phones until a few minutes before the polls closed at 7 p.m.

“We finished up strong,” she said.

Just after 9, Lowden took to the stage.

“The night is young,” she said. “We’re going to keep watching the results and see what turns out. Another hour or so.”

She introduced a few people in the crowd.

“Try to have a good time,” she said. “Come on. We’re all together. We’re all together.”

Angle nears winning GOP Senate nomination; 'night is young' says Lowden (9:20 p.m.)

Former Reno Assemblywoman Sharron Angle appeared headed toward winning the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate on Tuesday night.

With almost 32 percent of the votes counted in Clark County, Angle pulled ahead of Las Vegas casino owner Sue Lowden by just 2 percentage points. However, with almost 31 percent of precincts reporting statewide, Angle led Lowden by 7 percentage points.

According to the Secretary of State’s website, Angle had 34,774 votes, or 37 percent, to Lowden’s 28,138 votes, or 29.9 percent. Las Vegas businessman Danny Tarkanian trailed in third place with 20,591 votes, or 21.9 percent.

If her lead holds, Angle will face Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in the November general election.

Lowden arrived at her campaign event at the View 215 events center shortly before 7:30 p.m. to a round of applause from a small gathering of staffers and supporters. She smiled, shook a few hands and went into a back room.

Crystal Feldman, the campaign’s communications director, said things were going well. She said the campaign was in the field knocking on doors and manning the phones until a few minutes before the polls closed at 7 p.m.

“We finished up strong,” she said.

Just after 9, Lowden took to the stage.

“The night is young,” she said. “We’re going to keep watching the results and see what turns out. Another hour or so.”

She introduced a few people in the crowd.

“Try to have a good time,” she said. “Come on. We’re all together. We’re all together.”

Angle gets closer to winning GOP U.S. Senate nomination (9:13 p.m.)

Former Reno Assemblywoman Sharron Angle appeared headed toward winning the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate Tuesday night.

With almost 32 percent of the votes counted in Clark County, Angle pulled ahead of Las Vegas casino owner Sue Lowden by just 2 percentage points. However, with almost 31 percent of precincts reporting statewide, Angle led Lowden by 7 percent.

According to the Secretary of State’s website, Angle had 34,774 votes, or 37 percent, to Lowden’s 28,138 votes, or 29.9 percent. Las Vegas businessman Danny Tarkanian trailed in third place with 20,591 votes, or 21.9 percent.

If her lead holds, Angle will face Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in the November general election.

Angle's lead over Lowden still growing (8:53 p.m.)

Assemblywoman Sharron Angle increased her lead over Las Vegas casino owner Sue Lowden in the Republican race for the U.S. Senate.

With almost 30 percent of statewide precincts reporting, Angle had 36.6 percent of the vote to Lowden’s 30.8 percent. Las Vegas businessman Danny Tarkanian had 21.6 percent of the vote.

In Clark County, Angle trailed Lowden by about 1,100 votes with 9 percent of the precincts reporting. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid won the Democratic primary and will face the Republican winner as he seeks a fifth term in the U.S. Senate.

Angle's lead grows (8:41 p.m.)

Assemblywoman Sharron Angle began to pull further ahead of Las Vegas casino owner Sue Lowden in the Republican race for the U.S. Senate.

With 20 percent of statewide precincts reporting, Angle had 35.3 percent of the vote to Lowden’s 32.7 percent. Las Vegas businessman Danny Tarkanian had 29.9 percent of the vote.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid won the Democratic primary and will face the Republican winner as he seeks a fifth term in the U.S. Senate.

Angle maintains small lead over Lowden in Senate race (8:08 p.m.)

As early votes began pouring in tonight, former Reno Assemblywoman Sharron Angle held a slim lead over Las Vegas casino owner Sue Lowden in the race for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate.

According to the Nevada Secretary of State’s website, Angle had 34.7 percent of the vote while Lowden had 34.2 percent of the vote. Votes were being tabulated Clark and Washoe Counties, as well as several rural counties.

Las Vegas businessman Danny Tarkanian was third with 20.1 percent.

Angle holds small lead over Lowden in early voting (7:53 p.m.)

Tabulations from the early vote in two rural counties showed former Reno Assemblywoman Sharron Angle with a light lead over rival Sue Lowden in the race for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate.

With votes coming from Elko and Mineral Counties, Angle had 30.4 percent of the vote to 29.8 percent for Lowden, a casino owner and former state senator from Las Vegas.

Businessman Danny Tarkanian, a former UNLV basketball standout, had 24.4 percent of early votes. There are 12 candidates seeking the right to challenge Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in November.

Reid, seeking a fifth term to the U.S. Senate, had 51.6 percent of the early vote against three challengers.

Before flying to Las Vegas to watch the returns, Angle stopped at the Sierra Gold tavern in Reno to greet supporters.

When she entered around 5:06 p.m. with her husband, Ted, daughter Joyce Carey, 37, and granddaughter Tianna Robertson, 14, she was mobbed by a throng of flashing cameras and supporters.

Angle said, should she win the primary, she would expect a surge of interest from voters around the country who don’t approve of Reid’s job as Senate majority leader.

“They may not be able to vote for me but they can send me money,” she said.

Sandy Masters cast her ballot for Angle but said she was “a little concerned” about whether Angle would appeal to independent and Democratic voters she would need to defeat Reid.

“She has had two or three contests she hasn’t made it through,” said Masters, who is campaign chairperson for the Nevada Federation of Republican Women.

Masters said all the candidates were conservatives but with Angle, “we’re talking conservatives on steroids here, some people don’t like that.”

Masters said if Angle wins the primary she will “soften up” and “could be flexible.”

GOP voter divided on who is best to beat Reid in November (7:08 p.m.)

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was the overwhelming reason Republican primary election voters headed to the polls Tuesday.

Many of those interviewed said they looked forward to retiring the four-term Democrat in November.

But the voters were split on who was best to do the job.

Colleen Francom said her main motivator in voting was "getting rid of Harry Reid," as she entered her polls at Warren Elementary School, near the College of Southern Nevada's West Charleston campus.

"Because he's such a loser," Francom said befoe casting a vote for former Assemblywoman Sharron Angle.

"She is very fiscally conservative and that's what we need right now," she said. "She's everything Harry Reid is not."

At Staton Elementary School, Amy Maillaro, a Democrat, said the reason she voted was "just to get Reid out." She said voted for Edward "Mr Clean" Hamilton.

Darrell Row, a Republican, said he came "to vote for anybody but Reid. I was voting for the best possible odds to run against Reid."

In the afternoon at Staton, Republican voter Kim Gahagan said she came out "to vote against Harry Reid. I've lived in the state for a year-and-a-half and I haven't liked much of anything he's done."

Gahagan said she voted for Lowden.

Contact reporter Howard Stutz at hstutz@reviewjournal.com or 702-477-3871.

 

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