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Nevadans Vote, The Nation Watches

Las Vegas, NV (AP/KXNT) — Nevada enters Election Day in a familiar position: a high-stakes battleground state. At least one-million Silver State voters are expected to cast ballots in today’s general election.

President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney have poured tens of millions of dollars into Nevada to blanket the airwaves with ads in pursuit of the state’s coveted six electoral votes that could possibly settle the presidency.

Obama won by a surprising 12 percentage points in 2008, but has had a harder time shaking Romney in the swing state hit hard by the economy.

The only winner Nevada has failed to side with since 1912 was Jimmy Carter in 1976.

Nevada’s U.S. Senate race could help determine the balance of power in Washington. Freshman incumbent Republican Dean Heller and veteran Democratic congresswoman Shelley Berkley are running neck and neck, with latest poll results giving a slight edge to Heller.

Voters also will decide bitterly fought House battles in the 3rd District between Republican Congressman Joe Heck and Democrat John Oceguera and in the new 4th District between Republican Danny Tarkanian and Democrat Steven Horsford.

Early on, Tarkanian was considered a longshot after three previous unsuccessful runs for elected office. But he’s led in recent polls.

Republican Congressman Mark Amodei is facing a challenge from Democrat Samuel Koepnick in the 2nd District.

Former Democratic Congresswoman Dina Titus is seeking a return to Congress in her 1st District race against GOP former Navy officer Christopher Edwards.

Polls are open until 7:00 tonight.  Everyone in line at that time will be allowed to cast ballots.

You can get more information about the election and voting locations at www.clarkcountynv.gov/vote.

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