Reid has 'pleasant' conversation with Angle, chides reporters for touting polls

LAS VEGAS -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he had a “very pleasant, nice conversation” with Republican Sharron Angle when she called him to concede Tuesday night.

“I appreciated it,” Reid said at a press conference at the Vdara Hotel. "I conveyed to her that even though we didn’t know each other very well, that I have great respect for her.”

Reid noted Angle’s “family situation” was on display during the campaign. “Her husband’s always with her. He’s been very supportive of her,” he said.

Reid has a famously close bond with his wife, Landra, who joined him onstage at his election-night party at the Aria.

Reid defeated Angle by five points Tuesday despite trailing in most public polls. The Democrat noted the discrepancy with a hint of satisfaction and chided reporters for writing about the surveys. 

“We’ve got to do something about these misstated polls,” he said. “They’re so unfair, and you just gobble them up … [like they’re the] finest piece of pastry in the world.

“They’re false, and they’re misleading, and people pay for those polls so you’ll use them,” he said. “Every poll showed me losing. And I was comfortable where I was because I knew those polls were a slanted poll from where we were.”