October 12th, 2009
11:35 AM ET
13 years ago

Poll: Reid faltering in re-election bid

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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. ken

    Whatever, CNN!

    October 12, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  2. Walter

    The Democrats need to stop putting red-staters in leadership positions. It often proves fatal.

    October 12, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  3. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    And the relevancy of a poll conducted 13 months before an election is?

    October 12, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  4. Kendra, NH

    I want somon in that position who will support the president. He supported George Bush, why is that?

    October 12, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  5. AZ Jake

    Hypothetical 2010 matchup? ... a new hypothetical poll suggests? ...and he's not faring well against a hypothetical opponent.?

    I think that Rethuglicans are going to get their butts kicked in 2010 ...

    hypothetically speaking.

    October 12, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  6. Read the fine print people..................

    Las Vegas renewal Journal has received contributions from Fox news. Sue Lowden hasn't the expeience to even manage a McDonald's...........

    October 12, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  7. Slider

    Just like Daschle, Obama's behind-the-scenes socialist in charge regarding healthcare, Reid is going to lose and lose big.

    The problem is that the Democrats gained power. Everytime Democrats gain power, they lose their leaders.

    It's because their policies, and outlooks on America, suck.

    The next two election cycles are going to be so much fun.

    October 12, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  8. Mississippi Miss

    "Senator Reid's vision of moving forward will prevail"

    You bet your sweet gipper it wil. It will be the prevailing reason that
    he will NOT be re-elected in 2010.

    His vision = Tax and Spend. Our vision = Cut Taxes and Earn.

    October 12, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  9. Ray R

    Let's hope that the downfall of Reid takes Pelosi with him. The two of them think that it is government's duty to finance the existence of everyone whether in this country legally or not. I say good ridence and it couldn't happen fast enough.

    October 12, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  10. SNAPPA

    Listen, I'm origianlly from Boston now living in Las Vegas the one thing I know for sure is that Nevadans aren't stupid, if you believe that Nevadans are going to give up the most powerful post in Washingtion for a JR senator your crazy. With the GOP imploding from within I think all these polls are far to premature, If the GOP even exists next year I'll be surprised.

    October 12, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  11. E.C.Coleman

    Reid is one hateful man and should not be re-elected.
    This man has serious problems with honesty and fairness.

    Perhaps the problem is exactly this:

    "Senator Reid has never put much stock in polls."

    What a stupid and arrogant statement....only to be reiterated by Reid's Campaign Manager, Brandon Hall.

    Obviously, Reid doesn't listen to his Voters and just does exactly what he pleases..............Bad Idea, Reid!
    The 'people' who 'make the polls' will anxiously Vote You OUT! LOL

    October 12, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  12. J.P.

    The fall of Harry Reid is just one more indication of the passing relevance of the radical 60's left-over burned-out angry leftist baby boomers.

    Maybe when the last boomer has assumed room temperature, this nation can get back to sanity again.

    October 12, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  13. katiec

    Polls indicate whatever the group who runs them wants the outcome to be.
    It is such a waste, and misleading for predictions for 2010 be headlined and even considered.
    There are too many important things happening today to even give thought to 2010.

    October 12, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  14. JS007

    The problem is that Reid has not really been a very good leader. He better get his act together on health care before the progressive groups take a bite out of him too. Democrats better understand: you do not win by acting like a Republican – if people want that they'll just vote for a Republican.

    October 12, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  15. Bluebonnet

    If the people of Nevada were smart – they would oust that man!! He's done nothing for the job-strapped state he represents. The man is a poor excuse for a representative.

    October 12, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  16. gt

    if obama keeps moving to the left ,,,reid and many more will fall... obama is starting to show his true colors ... to extreme .. out of touch.. all america wants are good jobs...

    October 12, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  17. mjm

    THIS...is a reflection of what the people think about the hope and change Democrats.

    The Majority Leader is getting voted out.

    Maybe we can undo the failed policies of the last 9 months in 2010.

    October 12, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  18. russ

    get all the bums out of office, and polizie will be next

    October 12, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  19. Matt from Boston

    This should serve as a wake-up call to the Democratic party. I know you have a lot of far-left folks writing nasty messages on these boards but the reality is that most Americans want bi-partisan bills passed that make sense for the American people...not lobbyists, not the politicans but the American people. It seems to me like the Democratic leadership is making the same mistakes the past Republican leadership made and they need to be smarter.

    Brandon Hall can brush off the poll results but they tend to be pretty accurate. What the polls have been telling me is that several Democratic seats are in jeopardy next year and the Republicans very well might win both governor races next month. Time to wake-up!

    October 12, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  20. tony

    nonsense which poll? you mean fox news poll i will not buy it.

    October 12, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  21. cspurgeon

    I hyope he goes. Wish it was an independent though but if we get a stronger leader will be better off anyway.

    October 12, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  22. macie

    PLEASE – PLEASE Nevada residents! Rid this great country of this old man once and for all. He's so dishonest and corrupt, just like his old crony partner, Tom Daschle. Send a new fresh (& HAPPY looking) face to Washington DC!!!

    October 12, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  23. dale

    Reid has lost his mind, hopefully we will show him the door in 2010. Let the people remind these leaders who the real leaders really are. THat goes for both sides of the isle.

    October 12, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  24. Mark from Louisiana

    He's toast, his lack of leadership abilities is one reason, his far left views are the other.

    October 12, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  25. dan smith

    Sounds like everyone's tired of the Dumbocrats already what a suprise-bye bye Pelosi,Reid,and Obummer have a good life in the private sector.

    October 12, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
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