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Tea Party Express: buses egged by Reid supporters

Alex Pappas Political Reporter

Buses en route to a mega Tea Party event in Nevada — centered around protesting against Democratic Sen. Harry Reid — were egged by the senator’s supporters Saturday, the Tea Party Express claimed.

The Tea Party Express — known for taking bus tours across the country and holding rallies — said in a release that eggs were thrown at their iconic buses by about 35 counter demonstrators who lined on Hwy. 95 in Searchlight, Nev. Thousands of conservative grassroots activists have descended upon the tiny Western town for a rally that Sarah Palin keynoted Saturday afternoon.

But the Reid campaign denied any involvement and campaign spokesman Zac Petkanas said they don’t know who threw the eggs. “It wasn’t anyone with the Reid campaign or the supporters who were waving signs with us,” Petkanas said. “We certainly don’t condone it.”

Since Friday, campgrounds throughout southern Nevada have been filling with RV-driving supporters and thousands more were expected to fly in from all across the country for the event.

UPDATED at 6:13 p.m. to add response from Reid campaign

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