Los Angeles (CNN) - A second straight poll suggests that a candidate backed by a national Tea Party organization is now in the lead in the battle for Nevada's Republican Senate nomination.
With two days to go until Nevada's primary, a new Mason-Dixon survey conducted for the Las Vegas Review-Journal indicates that 32 percent of likely GOP primary voters back Sharron Angle. The former member of the Nevada Assembly has won endorsements in recent months from many conservative organizations, including significant financial backing from the Tea Party Express, a national Tea Party group best known for running three cross country bus caravans, and the Club for Growth, a fiscally conservative organization.
Angle has aggressively touted her connection to Tea Party activists, calling the movement "a tsunami of conservatism across this country."
According to the poll, which was released Sunday, 24 percent support Las Vegas businessman and former University of Nevada Las Vegas basketball star Danny Tarkanian, with 23 percent pulling for businesswoman and former Nevada GOP party chairwoman Sue Lowden. The remaining candidates in the field of a 13 bidding for the Republican Senate nomination are in single digits in the survey. Thirteen percent of people questioned in the poll remain undecided. The percentage of people unsure about their vote is up five points from a Mason Dixon poll released a week ago.
(CNN) - Sarah Palin's dad is again weighing in on the Nevada Senate race – this time by starring in a new radio ad on behalf of Republican primary candidate Danny Tarkanian.
Palin's father Chuck Heath has long supported Tarkanian, one of the many Republicans hoping to unseat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid this November.
"You supported my daughter Sarah Palin, now please join me in supporting another strong conservative – Danny Tarkanian," Heath says in the state-wide ad, according to a script provided by the campaign. "Danny Tarkanian is strongly pro-life, and he will protect our Second Amendment rights. He will fight to cut taxes, slash spending, and end budget-busting pork barrel politics."
The retired science teacher who lives in Alaska made five stops across Nevada last October with Tarkanian, the son of legendary college basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian. A recent Mason-Dixon poll shows Tarkanian trailing Nevada GOP chairwoman Sue Lowden by nearly 20 points. The survey also showed Lowden leading Reid by 13 points and Tarkanian leading the Senate's top Democrat by 11 points.
Palin herself has not endorsed a candidate, thought she will be on hand for a Tea Party event later this month in Reid's hometown of Searchlight, Nevada.
The primary will be held on June 8.
Washington (CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told the White House on Tuesday to "lay off Las Vegas" after President Obama slighted the city during a riff about government spending.
"You don't go buying a boat when you can barely pay your mortgage," Obama said at a New Hampshire town hall Tuesday. "You don't blow a bunch of cash in Vegas when you're trying to save for college. You prioritize. You make tough choices. And it's time your government did the same."
That remark sparked a flurry of condemnations from Nevada Republicans, including Danny Tarkanian and Sue Lowden, two Republicans hoping to unseat Reid this November.
"It is indefensible for Harry Reid to once again sit on his hands when President Obama continues to bash Las Vegas and Nevada's economic engine," Lowden said in a statement e-mailed out to reporters Tuesday afternoon.
But Reid, it turns out, was already on the case.
(CNN) - Watch out Harry Reid: Sarah Palin's dad is coming to Nevada.
Chuck Heath will travel from Alaska to Nevada on October 2 to spend the weekend campaigning with Senate candidate Danny Tarkanian, one of the many Republicans hoping to unseat the Senate Majority Leader next November.
The retired science teacher is scheduled to make five stops across Nevada with Tarkanian, the son of legendary college basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian. He is considered to be one of the frontrunners for the GOP nomination along with Nevada GOP chairwoman Sue Lowden, if she decides to formally enter the race.
Heath certainly won't bring out the kind of crowds that showed up to see his daughter during the presidential race, but he'll likely draw some of the Republican faithful eager to catch of
glimpse of anything Palin-related.