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How jobs report could affect presidential election in Nevada

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According to the Labor Department, employers added just 96,000 jobs across the nation last month, down from the 141,000 growth in July.

That's well below anything that could dent the jobless rate.

Moving closer to November, FOX5 political analyst Mitch Fox believes job numbers will be a huge factor for voters, especially in the Silver State.

"Clearly I think it knocked the wind out of the sails of the Democratic Convention… Nevada is still the epicenter of the recession, and how the economy collapsed, there's no doubt about it, that does play into the Republican hands," said Fox.

And Mitt Romney is already taking advantage of his new arsenal, launching Nevada specific attack ads.

"There are over 160,000 Nevadans right now who are unemployed… and the president's policies have only made it harder for American families," said Mason Harrison, communications director for the Romney campaign in Nevada.

While Republicans hope the numbers will speak for themselves, Democrats believe Romney's economic policies would only make things worse.

"President Obama wants to move us forward by creating jobs. Mitt Romney wants to take us back to the same pro Wall Street, anti-middle class policies that got us into this economic mess in the first place," said Zach Hudson, communications director with the Nevada state Democratic Party.

The report shows the unemployment rate did drop from 8.3 percent to 8.1 percent.

But the Labor Department said that's because many Americans gave up the hunt for work.

Meanwhile, Fox believes as much as the report might help Republicans, the race in Nevada will come down to different numbers.

"Make no mistake about this, that is the ground game, it is the registration numbers and they both favor the Democrats right now… Democrats outnumber Republicans by about 56 to 60,000 the last time I looked, statewide. And that's a huge advantage," Fox told FOX5.

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