October 12th, 2009
11:35 AM ET
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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. If the insurance companies win, YOU LOSE

    Senator Reid,

    When you merge the Finance Committee's garbage with the HELP bill, make sure there's a strong public health insurance option that will be available to all Americans.

    And strip all leadership titles from any Democrat who tries to block the bill from coming to the Senate floor for a clean up-or-down vote.

    Otherwise, you're fired.

    October 12, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  2. Dan In Nor-Cal

    So, when he wins, can we come back and laugh at all the stupid Republicans rubbing out their glee on these pages?

    "OMG the MASON/DIXON poll!?!?!?! OH its over for Reid, I'm sure all those Latin Americans are just DROOLING to vote for a white business man, and I'm SURE this poll reached out to the independent and minority populations on their cell phones! "

    Perhaps you all should take stock in what Reids campaign people said, and take less stock in these here hillbilly polls too.

    God you people are funny! It's like the majority of people have short term memory loss, or just now got into tracking politics.

    October 12, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  3. Chtei

    I don't care if it's Reed or not, as long as there is not a REPUBLICAN in office, they simply care about one thing and that is destroying America at all costs. If Reed isn't in, throw in another democrat please.

    October 12, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  4. Get Real

    He'll get re-elected, it would be nice if not.

    October 12, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  5. LacrosseMom

    Even though I am a Liberal, I do not like Reid. However, Reid is needed to pass Healthcare & Healthcare Reform.

    The Republicans has SOLD-OUT to the Lobbyists.

    The Republicans controlled both House & Senate from 1994 through January 2007, when the Dems took a narrow majority. And then Americans handed the Democrats House & Senate in .... 2008!



    October 12, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  6. Ben

    Any one who would willingly vote for that man after what he's done to this country needs a lobotomy.

    October 12, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  7. www.firedoglake.com

    I have sent Reid three letters in the last two weeks to tell him how unhappy I am with his total weakness as Senate majority leader.

    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.

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

    October 12, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  8. ccc

    GOP will lose

    October 12, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  9. yuri

    C'mon, Reed! Put your heart and soul in it. You can do it, buddy! Just try not to veer towards rigid or conservative Dem. ideology.

    October 12, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  10. Michael M, Phoenix AZ

    I am a Democrate, but never thought too highly of Sen Reid. His number one problem is that he does not seem to have any backbone when it comes to anyone bad mouthing him, the party, or the President. He backed down on so many things as Senate President, one wonders how he got the position...not much of a leader period!

    October 12, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  11. john

    Sue Lowden winning over Harry Reid??? I am a 32 yr. resident of Nevada. The Review Journal is a Republican Newspaper. They NEVER endorse Democrats. They fix polls just like Fox news does.

    October 12, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  12. Patience

    I am a Democrat and it is time to get rid of this spinless guy. I can't believe that the Democrats in the Senate have picked this guy are their leader. WHAT A JOKE.

    October 12, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  13. Zach K

    I'm a Democrat, and I could care less if we lose Reid.

    Durbin would be a better Senate Majority Leader.

    October 12, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  14. Barry In Las Vegas

    I have voted for Harry since he ran for Mayor and every race since then. I had to hold my nose the last time I did but I just can't do it anymore.

    Harry forgot where he came from and the people of Nevada he represents.

    Unfortunately for him – many Nevadans have the same feeling.

    October 12, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  15. JB

    What CNN fails to mention is that the House will go Repub in 2010. By far. They are looking at gaining 60 seats. The overall approval ratings for Repubs are exploding. Se, this completely contradicts what all these far lefters post on this ticker. And of course, CNN filters the moderate majority. The dems are floundering. And all of the CNN viewers will be shocked and confused because they only listen to what they agree with. The top 13 shows on cable news are on Fox. Says alot!!!!!!

    October 12, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  16. Proud Boulder Liberal

    Don't give up, Senator Reid! We have a lot of work to do.

    We are a year away from the 2010. The Republicans are so eager to continue to assault God, nature, and humanity with a renewed vengeance, but we can't let them.

    I hope someday to see an America ruled by people and not business and corporations. I hope someday to see an America awakened to the fact that the GOP is a fraud and is fundamentally anti-American.

    October 12, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  17. Kathy

    Good, Let's get all the scumbags out of Washington. Let's just hope ACORN dosen't have anything to do with the election process.

    October 12, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  18. Cliff

    Look closely folks at his picture.
    He is a perfect example of why we MUST go to term limits, require they participate in Social Security and no LIFE-TIME benefits.
    He is best described as political waste!
    Hope the fine people of Nevada dump his sorry posterior!

    October 12, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  19. Seeya

    Hope the people of nevada can oust the pelosi puppet.

    October 12, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  20. jpayne

    The Republicans will pick up 5 Senete seats in 2010 and about 20 House seats. In 2012 the Republicans will regain the Senete by using simple math. There will be twice as many Democratic seats up in 2012 then Republican seats. The clock is ticking for the Dems and their socialist agenda.

    October 12, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  21. GP

    The reason Reid is faltering is because of his ineffectual leadership skills.

    He may be a skilled politician, but he isn't skilled enough to manage the senate. He has been procedurally outmaneuvered by republicans since taking over his leadership position.

    October 12, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  22. Ron In California

    Reid is a double dealing self serving senator. He deserves to go.

    October 12, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  23. Dar

    Bye bye Ried, cant happen soon enough

    October 12, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  24. Scott, Tucson

    Out in 2010–Reid, Pelosi, Boxer, Rangel, Dodd, Frank. In 2012-Obama and his sidekick Joe.

    October 12, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  25. Jerry

    Reid and Pelosi both overrate themselves (ego problems). Both will get trounced in their re-election bids.

    October 12, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
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