October 12th, 2009
11:35 AM ET
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Poll: Reid faltering in re-election bid

Poll: Reid faltering in re-election bid.
Poll: Reid faltering in re-election bid.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is trailing one potential Republican challenger by 10 points in a hypothetical 2010 matchup, a new poll suggests, and he's not faring much better against another possible opponent.

Reid trails Nevada GOP chairwoman Sue Lowden, 49 percent to 39 percent, according to a Mason-Dixon poll commissioned by the Las Vegas Review-Journal and released Sunday. Reid is also losing by a 48-43 margin in a hypothetical race against another leading candidate for the Republican Senate nomination, businessman Danny Tarkanian.

Although Reid is likely to raise millions and get a helping hand from national Democrats, Nevadans appear to have an overall negative opinion of their senior senator, who doesn't have much wiggle room to improve his image. Nearly 100 percent of Nevada voters know who Reid is, and 50 percent of them hold an unfavorable view of the Democrat. Just 38 percent have a favorable opinion.

So is Reid facing the same fate of another Senate party leader, former South Dakota Sen. Tom Daschle, who famously stumbled in his re-election bid? The man in charge of electing Democrats to the Senate doesn't think so.

"Harry Reid is not Tom Daschle and this is not South Dakota," Menendez said late last month, referring to Daschle's 2004 loss to Republican John Thune. "I would not bet against Harry Reid by any stretch of the imagination."

Reid's campaign manager Brandon Hall brushed off the poll results.

"Senator Reid has never put much stock in polls," Hall said in an e-mail. "The Republican candidates in this race are still supporting many of the policies that got us into the mess that Senator Reid is working every day to get us out of. As the election draws closer and voters are presented with a choice between moving our economy forward and the status quo, we are confident that Senator Reid's vision of moving forward will prevail."


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soundoff (161 Responses)
  1. GI Joe

    I don't care what they do with Harry Reid.

    I'd like to see the scum-sucking Ensign lose big time for all the corruption he has his hands in.

    Ensign needs to go. The C-Street family should have no say in this great country of ours.

    October 12, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  2. Enough

    This guy needs to go. Vote him out and send a real message.

    October 12, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  3. vote out the incumbents

    Good. Pelosi and Reid might as well be Republicans, they have a long history of bending over for their corporate sponsors, good riddance to both. Let's maintain a democratic majority next go-round, but while voting out some of the "establishment" incumbents.

    October 12, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  4. Jay T.

    Reid, you produce a bill with a public option and you can count on my support. If not, good riddance. Maybe you and Daschle can compare trendy bifocals that make you look like a Swedish professor.

    October 12, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  5. JMILTON

    It is time for Harry Reid to go.

    October 12, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  6. Tom in Delaware

    Reid is and always has been a two-faced blowhard....Obama's gonna miss this guy because Reid lies even more than HE does.

    October 12, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  7. cnn=right wing media and works for sarah "death pannel" palin

    Please nevada vote this old stupid out

    October 12, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  8. Jeff in Virginia

    Good riddance Reid- the Dems need a strong and effective leader.

    October 12, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  9. Mark

    So what does this mean when CNN declared the GOP dead?

    October 12, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  10. Me

    Reid has never put much stock in polls? After all the criticizm he heaped on W for "not listening to the people" this man goes out and constantly tries to pass legislation over half the country is against.

    October 12, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  11. Paul from Phoenix

    Harry is part of old school dirty politics. He will pull out all the stops, legal and illegal, to win re-election. I hope the people of Nevada throw this zero out on his butt.

    October 12, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  12. jerry

    We are fed up with you liberals not listening to us! 1st we will start with Virginias governors race this year, good bye democrat governor and the in 2010, good by Reid.
    You guys are just like the republicans were in 2000-2008, you led the power go to your head and wont listen to us how voted you in!

    October 12, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  13. kamenwati

    If he's defeated, good riddance to a spineless majority leader.

    October 12, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  14. Joseph B

    I think Senator Reid needs to focus on actually moving legislation through the Senate properly. He seems to be doing a terrible job as a steward recently and the country is suffering as a result.

    October 12, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  15. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Boot the idiot out. He and Pelosi are duel disasters.

    October 12, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  16. Joe Ortiz

    I'm a democrat. What the polls shows is disappointment over failed promises made by Reid and the democratic party. If the health reform fails Reid and the democrats will lose big

    October 12, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  17. Skiff

    From a lifelong democrat:

    Harry Reid is USELESS. He is the primary reason democrats in the senate are viewed as weak and ineffective. We have a Democratic President, a Democratic-controlled Congress and a Democratically Controlled senate.

    Everyone else is able to get proposals through their arm of the government with the exception of this loser. He makes constant excuses, threatens to get tough and, in the end, does nothing. Produces nothing.

    I hope he's ejected. It would be a lesson to him that weakness, universal compromise and poor leadership have consequences.

    October 12, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  18. Jonathan

    I think that Reid would be best serving as NOT the senate majority leader.
    We need a leader with the balls to stand up to the GOP, and partisian politics.
    Reid has not proven to be this person.
    I would prefer one less Dem in the senate if it means that we have strong majority leadership at the helm.
    Reid does not inspire anything the we need right now.
    If he loses his reelection, then we will have a chance to vote for a good inspiring majority leader who isnt afraid of the minority party, like a little baby.

    October 12, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  19. ICARE

    Please, please America. The Elephants LEFT us with 5 trillion dollars to pay and the economy is down the toilet because of them. Please dont put them back inpower!!

    October 12, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  20. LIP

    Say what you want, but I seem to recall that the Democrats took control of congress back in 2006 during the last two years of Bush's presidency and that Reid has been in control ever since then and if that is the status quo he is talking about, then we need to move forward without him. Everyone should recall that Congress was rated at around 26% approval back then and I'll be that it hasn't improved much since and Harry has been at the helm the entire time.

    October 12, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  21. Bridgette

    Because he is a wimp. I am an Independent and unless this guy shows some back bone in the next few months I could not vote for him.

    October 12, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  22. Peoples Voice

    Come on, Nevada. Elect someone with a spine. We are really tired of this wimp you people call your senator.

    October 12, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  23. Joshua College Station Texas

    Harry Reid is one of the only prominent Mormons to say anything that makes sense. Romney and Hatch are loonies without a lick of sense.

    October 12, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  24. LIP

    Say what you want, but I seem to recall that the Democrats took control of congress back in 2006 during the last two years of Bush's presidency and that Reid has been in control ever since then and if that is the status quo he is talking about, then we need to move forward without him. Everyone should recall that Congress was rated at around 26% approval back then and I'll bet that it hasn't improved much since and Harry has been at the helm the entire time.

    October 12, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  25. Can't wait til 2010

    Hary doesn't put much stock in accomplishments for the Congress either.

    Skin number one we are taking down will be Reid's, with many, many, many more to follow.

    November 2009 and then the 2010 elections are going to be Christmas and New years all rolled into one unless you are a liberal sheep.

    Bleat, bleat, bleat "what happened", bleat, bleat, "everyone loves us", bleat, bleat.

    And the knuckleheaded Republicans don't even have to do much, your self destruction did the trick.

    October 12, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
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