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. WindOfChange

    No surprise there.

    October 12, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  2. Shibumi

    Let's make it a package deal and dump Plastic Pelosi with him!

    October 12, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  3. What's the Beef Haters RepubliKLANS?

    just 10% point margin in an election 13months away?!!

    Wow, the republiklans are on their way back, NOT!!!

    This is how the news media try to make something out of NOTHING...This is NOT even worth reporting if they are only leading by this small margin with all the NEGATIVITY the republiklans have been spewing on all AMERICANS!!!!

    Why can't CNN and FALSE NEWS report the news, instead of insinuating their own biased pontification on anthing political?!!!!

    October 12, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  4. Dennis

    Reid by association with Pelosi and Obama is too liberal for Nevada.

    October 12, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  5. JP

    You cannot be for the American people and the trial lawyers at the same time. Do a search on Harry Reid and trial lawyers.

    October 12, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  6. David

    Reid is a joke. Between his shady real estate deals and ties to the mafia (oh, did you really think he was "cleaning" up Vegas) this guy should be behind bars.

    October 12, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  7. Zion

    Good, the Democrats never really supported the president, so they need to lose. Isn't it funny how the President's approval rating continues to be on the uptick while the Democrats in Congress is lowering.

    October 12, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  8. phoenix86

    Make sure that Reid doen't get immunity after he loses the election. He is sure to retire in jail somewhere.

    October 12, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  9. Bruce

    Adios Reid! You are just the beginning of a purge of all the socialists in youw whackied out liberal Dummycratic Party. Watch out Pelosi, YOU ARE NEXT!!!!!

    October 12, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  10. beevee

    May be Mr. Reid should wise up and be supporting the president instead of trying to do things his way. He will then have good chance of getting reelected. People should not perceive the democratic leadership as a splintered group instead of a unfied one and is weak and ineffective in leading the country.

    October 12, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  11. politicalgroove

    As a Democrat I have to admit that he needs to go. In fact it's time for some Democrats willing to stand up to the hateful Republicans to take charge.

    October 12, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  12. kaleto

    Wow, 50% disapproval. It's too bad all of California can't vote out Pelosi, too.

    October 12, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  13. What's the Beef Haters RepubliKLANS?

    CNN, what is the poll margin of "family values" Wife cheater Senator Ensign of Nevada and his democratic opponent?

    CNN, let there be a fair and accurate reporting on Nevada senate race, so we get a clear picture; not just picking on democrat Harry Reid who is trying to help Americans while Nevada republiklan Senator Ensign continue to violate ethical standards by cheating on his wife with a campaign staff member!!!

    October 12, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  14. Idiot_Pelosi

    Let's see how long the "BLAME" game can work.....

    Reid is a DONKEY all right.

    He has helped created a massive DEFICIT by supporting PORK, and liberal (BS) funding, including ACORN.

    Except for FISCAL RESPONSIBLE Democrats like the BLUE DOGS, jokers like REID, Pelosi, Frank, Schummer, and OBOZO are taking this country down a path of FINANCIAL RUIN.

    Bye Bye Reid.

    October 12, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  15. Lilarose in Bandon, OR

    Apparently Americans want the Republicans back in office.

    You do this by whittling away at the local and state levels, like not hiring Harry Reid back to office.

    When you are finished, you get (ta da!)

    George W. Bush again!

    October 12, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  16. neil

    Way to eager to throw the tax payers money around and combined with Obama this is bad news

    October 12, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  17. David

    The Libertarian LVRJ has a bad case of inventive journalism: "If we report the outcome we want, maybe it will happen." Conducting limited polls (500 participants), with an error margin of 5% at this point in a campaign which hasn't really even started, is silly. And given Reid's central role in the current health care debate, leads me to believe this 'poll' is actually a directive - attack health care reform and a Senator who believes in it.

    October 12, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  18. Garrett

    Brandon Hall rocks! Senator Reid is lucky to have him. He has helped elect some of our Nation's finest. If you don't support Harry Reid, support Brandon Hall. If you don't want to vote for Reid, make it a vote for Brandon Hall. He is the MAN!

    October 12, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  19. Vegas

    Two words: TERM LIMITS!

    October 12, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  20. can't wait for 2012

    Bye bye prince Harry!

    October 12, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  21. www.firedoglake.com

    I have three Reid three letters in the last two weeks (three more than I have ever writtng to Reid) to tell him how unhappy I am with the Senate Finance Committee's Insurance Industry Profit Protection and Enhancement Act.

    Senator Reid, please use your power to bring a real health care reform bill, which must include a strong public health insurance option that is available to all Americans, to the floor of the Senate for an up-or-down vote.

    Do it because a majority of Democrats in the Senate have signed a letter to you saying that they support it. Do it because it is the right thing to do. Do it because it is popular. Do it because, if you don’t, I fear that you will lose our Democratic majorities in 2010.

    Act like a leader of the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party, or get out of the way.

    October 12, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  22. Bob in Pa

    Reid and Pelosi both need to go.

    October 12, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  23. Jann in Denver

    The key word here is hypothetical and therefore this is not news.

    October 12, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  24. Fools and their freedoms are soon parted

    Good...another one bites the dust....

    October 12, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  25. mike

    lets put another republican on the hill if you think nothing is getting done NOW just wait until you vote the good old boys back in NO HEALTH AND LOTS OF MONEY FOR THE WAR AND LETS NOT FOR GET GOD BLESS AMERICA

    October 12, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
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