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Michelle Obama appears in Vegas for Reid rally

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CRISTINA SILVA | November 1, 2010 04:52 PM EST | AP


LAS VEGAS — First lady Michelle Obama has made a day-before-the-election stop in Las Vegas to boost Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's bid for re-election.

The first lady joined Reid on Monday at a high school for a get-out-the-vote rally, framing the race as a battle over the "American Dream" and its promises of unfettered opportunity and middle-class comfort.

Reid is in a tight race against Republican tea party favorite Sharron Angle. Statewide newspaper polls show the outcome is too close to call.

Republicans are dismissing the first lady's visit as an empty last-ditch effort by Reid's camp to save his "sinking ship."