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Minority Voters Turned Out in Support of Reid

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LAS VEGAS -- Senator Harry Reid's five point victory was much higher than any poll predicted. A strong wave of Hispanic and minority voters helped push Reid over the top.

The tea party wave was not as powerful as expected and the focus on illegal immigration only seemed to fire up the Democrats, not the other way around.

Less than 12 hours after keeping his leadership intact, Reid was back at a podium, saying there is more work to be done.

"The message is that people are struggling. It is difficult out there," Reid said.

But how Reid got here begins and perhaps ends with the campaign ads. In the final days, the Sharron Angle campaign pushed hard on illegal immigration being the root of many of Nevada's problems.

"They have all these brown faces, brown faces like mine," said Fernando Romero, Hispanics in Politics.

He says his group blasted Angle's first commercial where the tone and facts were misleading. Then Angle produced a second commercial that ratcheted up the anti-immigrant tone, Romero said that fired up a lot of people.

"It was despicable and it vilified us," said Romero. "It was very offensive what she did and it proved wrong for her."

"They really flexed their muscles," said Reid adding that Hispanics had a 17 percent turnout, fueled in part by the powerful and well-funded Get Out the Vote operation.

It served him well in urban counties. He won Clark County by 60,000 votes. Reid even won Washoe county -- Angle's home county -- by 7,000 votes.

The infrastructure, the ground game and a vulnerable opponent pushing the wrong message proved the path to victory for Reid and another term as Senate Majority Leader.

Reid did lose every single rural county except Mineral County, home to Hawthorne Army Depot.

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