We peppered CBS News National Correspondent Ben Tracy with questions about his time on the trail leading up to Election Day. He’s a big believer in the role of journalism and thinks candidates like Sharron Angle should have been more accessible to the media.

You’re in Vegas the day before Election Day. What is that like? The race between Harry Reid and Sharron Angle is one of the most closely watched and important Senate races in the country so this is a great place to be. I am a political junkie, so to cover a race where the Senate Majority Leader and arguably the most powerful Democrat in Congress could lose to someone even many Republicans have described as “unqualified” for the job, is fascinating.

Are you sleep deprived yet? Not yet, but I will be as of 2 a.m. Tuesday morning when I wake up for my Early Show live shot. I have had many early mornings in the past couple of months. Working in the Pacific Time Zone means you start at an ungodly hour. When we go live at 7 a.m. on the East Coast, it is just 4 a.m. out here so it makes for a long day.

Will you do any gambling there? The only wagers placed will be between my colleagues about who will win this thing. No money will exchange hands…however a beverage may once all is said and done.

More with Tracy after the jump…

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