If, as is expected, Angle finishes on top, she will give Reid's team ample opportunity to make inroads with centrist voters. Angle had arguably the most conservative voting record in the state legislature when she served, often representing the lone "no" vote on otherwise popular legislation. She has a history of making questionable statements, and she's shown little interest in tacking toward the middle during a general election bid.Angle's rise has been a stark example of one of the GOP's biggest challenges this year. As voters seek new alternatives and Dems seek to cast the GOP as an unacceptable alternative, the minority must make a stand for independent and moderate voters. In some cases, the party has already nominated candidates with a strong set of middle-of-the-road credentials, even as they appeal to conservatives as well. Angle will have to prove she has those chops in order to convince moderate NV voters Reid's impending attacks are out of line.
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