LAS VEGAS -- Today may be Election Day, but most of the ballots in the dead-heat race between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) and Tea Party-backed Republican Sharron Angle (R) had already been cast by the end of last week.
Nearly 380,000 Nevadans voted during in-person early voting, which ended Friday night --about 65% of the expected turnout, according to Nevada Secretary of State.
Those ballots -- and the mail-in absentee ballots -- will be counted as soon as polls close at 7:00 pm PST. Because they're all collected and ready to go, and because the vast majority of them are counted and reported electronically, telling numbers could be available about an hour after poll closings.
But given the tightness of the pre-election public polls, it could still be a while before a winner is known. Angle and Reid have three recount elections between them; Angle lost hers, and Reid won one and lost one.
Recount lawyers from both parties who worked in the 2008 Minnesota recount between Democrat Al Franken and Republican Norm Coleman are already on the ground here -- just in case. *** CORRECTION *** Democrats tell us that Franken's lawyer is NOT in Nevada.