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Rival Tea Party Candidates Could Split the Vote

by The Madeleine Brand Show

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U.S. Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle speaking during the Nevada Republican Party 2010 State Convention at the Green Valley Ranch Station Casino on July 9, 2010. Ethan Miller/Getty Images

The Senate race in Nevada just got weirder — with tea partier versus tea partier. That's good news for Senate Majority leader Harry Reid, the Democrat in the race.

His main opponent, Republican nominee Sharron Angle, is fending off a challenge by an eccentric man named Scott Ashjian.

According to a recent Wall Street Journal profile, Ashjian drives a $160,000 Mercedes equipped with night vision and carries a pistol under his suit jacket.

He quietly registered as the Senate candidate of the Nevada Tea Party.

And that led to some backroom bargaining between him and Angle, who thought she was the Tea Party candidate.

Las Vegas Sun Reporter Jon Ralston talks to Madeleine about politics in Nevada.

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