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Sen. Reid: Vote Shows Americans Tired of Gridlock

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LAS VEGAS -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says the message he hears from the conservative tea party is that families are struggling and he's going back to Washington to create jobs.

The Democratic leader spoke with reporters Wednesday at a Las Vegas Strip resort, the day after winning a fifth Senate term. Reid didn't answer directly when asked if there was anything in the tea party message worthy of consideration.

He says people were dissatisfied with the economy. Earlier, he said he was reaching out to Republicans on Capitol Hill.

Reid says the lesson of the campaign was that Americans want to end gridlock. He also says he wants to change campaign rules to force groups to disclose donors.

A strong wave of support from Hispanic and minority voters pushed Reid over the top. He won by more than 40,000 votes despite polls showing Republican Sharron Angle in the lead. He was critical of the media in its reporting of the polls.

"We've got to do something about these misleading polls that are all over the country, they are so unfair, and you just gobble them up, you just run with them like it's the finest piece of pastry in the world. They're false and they're misleading and people pay for those polls so you will use them," said Sen. Reid. 

An Associated Press analysis of exit poll results also shows that late-deciding Nevada voters helped propel incumbent Sen. Harry Reid to victory.

Republican challenger Sharron Angle got more support from those who made their decisions before the final month of the bitter campaign. Nearly two-thirds of voters who decided late ultimately voted for the Democratic majority leader.

Reid says he has spoken twice with President Obama since the election results came in and he also spoke with his opponent Sharron Angle and Governor-Elect Brian Sandoval.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

 

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