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Explaining The Harry Reid Victory and Tea Party Loss in Nevada

Written by:
Wayne Allyn Root
Published on:
Nov/05/2010
Harry Reid

The following is an opinion piece by Wayne Allyn Root, 2008 Vice Presidential candidate for the Libertarian party and a special contributor to the Gambling911.com website.  His opinions do not necessarily represent those of Gambling911.com or its Management. 

Harry Reid won because:

A) Casino bosses DESPERATELY need him in his position of power (U.S. Senate Majority Leader)...so much so that even many Republican casino CEO's in Las Vegas conspired to get him a victory....and appeared in TV ads for him...and bussed their 100,000 union employees to polls...reportedly with "suggested vote guides" in their hands.

B) Teachers unions reportedly offered $25 Starbucks gift cards to every teacher in the state...and literally gave every teacher Friday, Monday & Tuesday off for once a year "teachers conferences" so every teacher could vote Democrat to make sure they all keep their jobs...and obscene pensions...and also get future obscene raises in a depression.

C) Hispanic workers by the thousands were bussed to polls by Democrats and unions (but I repeat myself) to vote for Reid. How do I know? Because Reid was down by 4 in every poll...but won by 5. That's a 9 point swing. Nevada Republican Congressional candidate Dr. Joe Heck was up by 10 points in polls. He won by less than 1% (in upset over Democratic Congresswoman Dina Titus)- a swing of 9 points too (even though the Republican hung on). But interestingly the Hispanic GOP candidate for Governor Brian Sandoval won by double digits over Harry Reid's own son. So it's pretty obvious what happened. Hispanics voted a straight Democrat ticket- except for the Hispanic Republican candidate for Governor. Hispanics were obviously the key to the election.

Now to a little truthful criticism and self-analysis of a Tea Party defeat:

Republicans blew it. 

Angle did not run a good campaign.

She avoided the press- and it's time for conservatives to COURT the media, not demonize it, or run from it. There is no choice- learn to live with the media, because you can't live without it.

The Nevada GOP is non-existent, dis-organized, rudderless, leader-less, and in decline. It provides no help to GOP candidates.

Angle did not have a strong "get out the vote" organization on the ground.

The Angle Team (and the Nevada GOP) did not understand the importance of getting out the vote- it's more important than any visible aspect of a campaign.

They did not understand how to attract Hispanic votes. And they had better learn fast if they want to win any future elections. Hispanics are good people, family is their foundation, there are many Hispanic small business owners, and Hispanics should be part of the conservative movement. Conservatives and Tea Parties must learn how to communicate with and win over Hispanic voters or risk becoming obsolete.

Wayne Allyn Root, is the author of the new paperback, "The Conscience of a Libertarian: Empowering the Citizen Revolution with God, Guns, Gold, and Tax Cuts.” He is a Las Vegas oddsmaker turned Vice Presidential nominee. Root is available to the media to provide pre and post election analysis, discussion and debate. His website is: ROOTforAmerica.com

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