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LAS VEGAS, Nev. / As Republican Sharron Angle tightens the U.S. Senate race here, her supporters are calling on Majority Leader Harry Reid to attend a pair of rallies this weekend.

Tonight at 7:00, Angle will speak at the sold out Sean Hannity Freedom Concert at Orleans Arena, 4500 W. Tropicana Ave. Lynyrd Skynyrd, Michael W. Smith, and Charlie Daniels will perform. The Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund has raised $10 million through Hannity’s listeners to help educate children of killed or disabled U.S. service members.

Angle’s supporters have grown increasingly disenchanted with Reid’s leadership, specifically after recent figures showed Nevada dead last in the country’s employment. Reid’s handling of federal stimulus money, as well as a recent admission by a former campaign manager that Reid took money from Reno brothel owner Joe Conforte.
 
“Reid would do well to show up at one of these freedom rallies to let Nevadans know he stands with them,” said supporter Phyllis Coffee of the Angle Action Network. But as he’s done his entire career, Reid will probably play partisan politics and sit this one out.”
 
David Walnut of Nevada, who has voted for Reid three times, said the Senator “should wow everybody by giving an impromptu speech at the event.”
 
Since the recession, Nevada’s jobless rate has skyrocketed to 21.5 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The bureau estimated 200,000 residents to be without work. Reid has committed federal stimulus money toward saving teaching and public service positions, but to little satisfaction for Nevada’s conservative base.
 
Rasmussen Reports surveys from July showed Nevada voters favored Harry Reid over Sharron Angle by a slim margin (45% to 43%). Angle’s primary win for the GOP puts Reid in a position to fight the toughest political fight of his career. He’s held his Senate seat since 1987.

Angle will give a second speech this weekend during Saturday’s Restoring Honor Rally, also in Las Vegas, at 8:00 a.m.
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