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Sandoval camp prepares for attack

Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Sandoval says he’s preparing for a major advertising attack by Rory Reid, his Democratic opponent.

In an e-mail Wednesday night — hours after Reid concluded a rally with former President Bill Clinton — Sandoval said he expects the ads to start running on Thursday.

"All signs point to tomorrow as the launch of a massive wave of long-awaited attack ads that Rory Reid gleefully promised to unload on us," Sandoval wrote in a campaign e-mail soliciting financial support. "Reid is hoping these attack ads serve as a ‘knockout punch’ to prop up his failing and increasingly desperate campaign… we can’t let that happen."

He continued: "With just a few hours to go until the Reid Attack Machine’s ads begin, we need your help today to ensure we have the resources on hand to respond to each and every attack."

Public polls show Sandoval with a strong double-digit lead among likely voters statewide. But insiders from both major parties have suggested the race is tighter than polls show.

Reid is thought to have a fund-raising advantage, as he has been running for the office since late 2008 and Sandoval didn’t officially launch his bid until September, 2009.

Democrats also have a registration advantage in the state.

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