A succession of polls show most Nevadans are unhappy with his leadership, and his close association with Obama's agenda has turned off some voters in a state known for moderate politics with a libertarian streak. In a year when voters want change, he has a record in the Senate reaching back to the Reagan years.
"He doesn't listen to any of the little people in Nevada. He's like a prince back there" in Washington, said retiree Joe Jacoby, 66, an independent who stood outside a Reid campaign event last month near his hometown, Gardenerville.
"The country," Jacoby said, "is going socialistic."
Reid defends his work in Washington and says the economic situation would be worse if not for steps taken by Congress, including the massive stimulus package. He argues that his efforts help his home state.
"It really ... offends me when people say Harry Reid really doesn't know much about Nevada anymore," Reid, who has a residence in his hometown of Searchlight, said at a campaign stop last month.
"Come and see me in Searchlight sometime," he said.
Maintenance worker Neal Tuteur is undecided on how he'll vote in the Republican primary, but his mind is made up about the Senate leader.
"It's time for Harry Reid to leave," he said.
AP Political Writer Michael R. Blood reported from Los Angeles.
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