Ask the people of Harry Reid's hometown what they think about their neighbor and senator, and they'll give pretty much the same answer as the rest of Nevadans. They're divided. But ask a little more and it appears they might be leaning, ever so slightly, toward dumping the man who has represented them in Congress since 1983, and replacing him with Republican challenger Sharron Angle. Their sentiments -- closely split, maybe a little more Angle than Reid -- mirror the polls of the last few weeks. If Nevadans take those feelings to the voting booth on Election Day, they will hand Democrats the biggest single loss in what appears to be a terrible election season.
Even on a beautiful fall day, Searchlight can be a bleak place, with sun-bleached mobile homes outnumbering houses, buildings in various stages of disrepair, and cars slumped on flat tires. An empty block across the street from Harry Reid Elementary School bears the sign "Cottonwood Lake Homes," which was to have been a gated community -- a pet project of Reid's -- but is now just dust and rocks after its developer went broke. In a nearby block, alongside Harry Reid Road, 12 new houses have been built -- the only ones in town -- but ten of them appear empty, and the sales office is deserted...