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Rep. Dean Heller says Reid-Angle race likely to be determined by 5,000 votes

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by Sean Whaley,Nevada News Bureau: Rep. Dean Heller, R-Nev., said today he believes the race between U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and GOP challenger Sharron Angle will come down to 5,000 votes.

Heller said he believes most voters have already made up their minds about which candidate they will support in November, “I just don’t know which way it’s going to end up.”

But Heller, in an interview on the Nevada NewsMakers television program, said also that both Reid and Angle have time to “change their message” or “invent themselves” if necessary.

Heller said Angle can win but she has an uphill climb against Reid, who has a well run campaign machine that is in full gear.

“Sharron has her work cut out for her but I think there is plenty of time for her to be successful,” he said.

Heller also sidestepped a question about his political ambitions in 2012, saying he is focused on getting re-elected to another term in Congressional District 2. Heller said he does not know if embattled incumbent Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., intends to seek re-election.

Both Heller and Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., are considered potential candidates for the seat.

“This is not a safe time to take your election for granted,” Heller said. “So we’re going to work on this election and worry about some senate race down the road at a future time.”

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Audio clips:

Heller says Sharron Angle can beat Reid but she has work cut out for her:

082510Heller1 :15 to be successful.”

Heller says Reid-Angle will come down to 5,000 votes:

082510Heller2 :11 to 5,000 votes.

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