Nevada has a 35-year-old law — the only one of its kind — mandating the option “none of these candidates” appear on the state’s voting register. It was instituted amid the mistrust of government brought on by the Watergate scandal.
Ironically, the 1975 law could hurt Tea Party candidate Sharon Angle in her race against Democrat Harry Reid, as the Las Vegas Sun and other publications are reporting.
Both candidates have high unfavorable ratings — 56 percent for Angle and 55 percent for Reid.
“In a situation where the incumbent is locked into a mid-40s approval rating and is having an incredibly difficult time getting to 50 percent, I think it helps the incumbent to have none of the above,” Ryan Erwin, a Republican political consultant, told the Sun this weekend. “Anything on the ballot that drives Sharron Angle’s numbers down is a benefit to Harry Reid.”
“I was at his funeral reception yesterday (former Nevada governor Kenny Guinn), and it blew me away the number of people that told me they didn’t know who to vote for now. They can’t stand either one,” a Republican said of Angle and Reid, according to the Daily Caller.
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