Washington (CNN) –Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, continues to face a tough re-election battle, as a new poll indicates that his unfavorable rating has reached 56 percent and he trails the frontrunner for the Republican nomination in a hypothetical general election match up.
Former Nevada Republican Party Chairwoman Sue Lowden holds an eight point lead over the Senate Democratic leader in the three way contest that includes Scott Ashjian, who is running as the Tea Party candidate. Reid, who has vowed to spend $25 million to win re-election in November, is one of the top targets for Republicans in November.
The Mason-Dixon poll, conducted for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, also shows that Lowden holds a commanding lead over her nearest rival for the right to challenge Reid in November. In the survey, 18 points separate Lowden from Danny Tarkanian with a handful of other GOP candidates polling in single digits.
The Republican Senate primary is scheduled for June 8.
The Mason-Dixon/Las Vegas-Journal Review poll was conducted April 5-7, with 625 Nevada voters questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus four percentage points.
Update: Kelly Steele, a spokesman for Reid, criticized the methodology of the poll.
"The Review-Journal made the effort to approximate what the Republican primary ballot would look like in June, but still refused to test what November’s general election ballot would look like by leaving off the names of numerous candidates who are running. While the editors of the newspaper continue to use their news pages as a platform for bolstering Republicans, our campaign will continue our work to ensure the people of Nevada know how Sen. Reid is fighting to create jobs and get Nevada's economy back on track."