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Signals for 2012? Nevada holds special election related to John Ensign's Senate seat

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U.S. Sen. John Ensign (R-NV) listens during a hearing before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee March 11, 2010 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

While most of the special election coverage today is focused on Anthony Weiner's New York City Congressional district, there's another special election closer to home, in Nevada. And it's connected to a Senate race that promises to be one of the most hard-fought and expensive in the state's history, to fill the seat vacated by Senator John Ensign. But today's election isn't about the Senate seat. It's about one of these House seats. And it's expected to go to the Republican. Las Vegas Sun political columnist Jon Ralston joins us with more.

Nevada has the highest unemployment rate in the country and was a surprise swing state in the 2008 Presidential election, meaning political analysts are watching closely to see what today's race for the 2nd Congressional District might mean for 2012.


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