Las Vegas, Nevada (CNN) - Nevada Republican Senate candidate Sue Lowden predicts she will win Tuesday's primary.
She talks to CNN about her reversal of fortune in the polls, how the party might "heal" after a bitter GOP primary in Nevada that some describe as a slugfest.
And Lowden told CNN she won't second guess the much-publicized gaffes she's made on the campaign trail. At a recent town hall meeting in Nevada, she said that patients could barter with their doctors for health care and mentioned how some people "in the olden days" traded chickens for health services.
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) – The GOP Senate primary election in Nevada is just over a week away, and Sue Lowden, the state's former Republican party chairwoman, is taking on one of her opponents in a new ad.
The new ad, targeting former Nevada Assemblywoman Sharon Angle, cites the results of an annual survey conducted by the Las Vegas Review-Journal that named Angle "one of Nevada's worst legislators" for four years between 1999 and 2005.
The 30-second spot, out Thursday, is running statewide on broadcast and cable television, according to a Lowden campaign spokesperson. The campaign will not say how long the ad will run or how much money has been spent on it.
A new Mason-Dixon poll released Friday gives Lowden a 30 to 29 point lead over Angle, with Danny Tarkanian registering 23 percent. In a hypothetical general election match-up with incumbent Sen. Harry Reid, Lowden holds a 3-point lead. The Senate Majority leader holds a 3-point lead over Angle, according to the same poll.
Washington (CNN) - A new poll suggests that Majority Leader Harry Reid has climbed back into the Nevada Senate race and is now virtually tied with each of the three Republicans frontrunners vying for the chance to unseat the Democrat in November.
According to a Mason-Dixon poll released Friday by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Reid trails former Nevada GOP party chairwoman Sue Lowden by a narrow margin. Reid would win 39 percent of the vote in a hypothetical general election match-up, while Lowden clocks in at 42 percent. Lowden's three point advantage is within the survey's sampling error.
Reid fares even better when compared to Sharron Angle, a former GOP member of the Nevada Assembly, and former University of Nevada Las Vegas basketball star Danny Tarkanian.
In those hypothetical match-ups, Reid would win 42 percent of the vote to Angle's 39 percent. And when matched against Tarkanian, Reid trails by one point, garnering 41 percent compared to 42 percent for Tarkanian. Both of these margins are also within the poll's sampling error.
The results represent a significant improvement for Reid, but the veteran senator's support totals fall consistently around 40 percent, short of the 50 percent considered healthy for incumbents.
The poll also reveals new clues about which candidate is most likely to emerge from a crowded GOP primary field to challenge Reid in November.
(CNN) – An anti-abortion group, Susan B. Anthony List, announced Tuesday that it is launching a campaign to support Nevada Republican Sue Lowden's bid for the Senate.
Lowden is one of several GOP challengers vying for the chance to face off against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who is up for re-election this November. Reid's lead role in helping to get the recent health care legislation passed has made him a particular target of conservatives this election cycle.
As part of its support for Lowden, SBA List is running a $50,000 radio ad campaign focused against the new health law. The 30-second radio spot criticizes Reid for helping to pass the legislation which, the group argues, expands the availability of taxpayer dollars to pay for abortion.
"More than ever, America needs committed pro-life leaders," Marjorie Dannenfelser, the president of the SBA List, says in the ad, "leaders like Sue Lowden. In the state Senate, Sue Lowden led the fight for legislation that required parents be notified if their teen daughter was seeking an abortion. I know we can trust Sue Lowden to fight abortion. Call her . . . and thank her for being a pro-life champion."
Washington (CNN) – Nevada Senate candidate Sue Lowden has been blasted by critics and become the butt of a joke by late-night host Jay Leno.
Now Democrats in Washington are mocking her recent proposal - that patients should "barter" with doctors to lower their health care costs - with a new website.
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee launched the site, "Chickens for Checkups," on Wednesday. It slams the Republican's unconventional idea, made recently on the show "Nevada Newsmakers."
"Before we all started having health care, in the olden days, our grandparents, they would bring a chicken to the doctor. They would say, 'I'll paint your house,'" Lowden said on the broadcast.
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) - Sue Lowden, one of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's top Republican challengers, is up with her first ad of the 2010 campaign.
The 30-second spot is all biographical and describes Lowden, a former state senator and onetime television news anchor, as a "conservative" fighting for "lower taxes, less spending."
Lowden's ad - titled "Leading With Integrity" - features no shots at Reid, who trails both Lowden and another Republican frontrunner, Danny Tarkanian, by roughly 10 points, according to recent polling.
"We made the decision based on the fact that many Nevadans haven't yet gotten to know Sue Lowden," said Lowden's campaign manager Robert Uithoven. "Nevada voters already have their mind made up on Reid."
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."