(CNN) – A new poll suggests that a Tea Party-backed candidate is now in the lead in the battle for Nevada's Republican Senate nomination.
According to a Suffolk University Political Research Center survey released Thursday morning, 33 percent state GOP voters back Sharron Angle in Tuesday's primary. The former member of the Nevada Assembly has won the endorsements and help in recent months of many conservative organizations, including the Tea Party Express and the Club for Growth.
Angle has aggressively touted her connection to Tea Party activists, calling the movement "a tsunami of conservatism across this country."
The poll indicates that 26 percent support Las Vegas businessman and former University of Nevada Las Vegas basketball star Danny Tarkanian, with businesswoman and former Nevada Republican Party Chairwoman Sue Lowden at 25 percent. The remaining candidates in the field of 13 bidding for the Republican Senate nomination are in single digits in the survey.
A Mason-Dixon poll conducted in early April for the Las Vegas Review-Journal indicated Angle was a distant third, far behind Lowden and Tarkanian. But according to a Mason-Dixon survey in May, Angle had jumped into second place, trailing Lowden by five points.
"The 'Tea Party Express' endorsement of Angle has energized her effort to rise from relative political obscurity to flat-out front-runner," says David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center.
The winner of Tuesday's Republican primary will take on presumptive Democratic nominee, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who's battling for a fifth term.
The survey also indicates that Nevada Republicans overwhelmingly support Arizona's new law that cracks down on illegal immigrants. Eighty-nine percent say they support the law, with five percent opposed. When asked if a similar law should be passed in Nevada, 85 percent say yes and nine percent say no.
The Suffolk University Political Research Center poll was conducted June 1-2, with 400 likely Nevada GOP primary voters questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 4.9 percentage points.
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