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. stormerF

    Reid can not go soon enough,He never represented any part of Neveda but the Las Vegas Area and Reno Area,or he would have never still been in there.

    October 12, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  2. No Hillary = No Obama


    October 12, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  3. Jay

    Joe Lieberman went out with McCain and actively attempted to defeat the Democratic candidate for President. Harry Reid rewarded Lieberman for this disloyalty by returning him to his committee chairmanship, rather than awarding it to a Democrat. That act of disloyalty to the Democratic party, for a friend, could cost Harry Reid his Senate seat. Reid is not seen as a stalwart Democrat because of this.

    October 12, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  4. Ken

    Nevadans will deserve to be lost in the hopeless nether world of the Red States of Amerika if they fall for the neo-moronic fearmongering of the rightwing by replacing the most powerful person in Congress with a Jr. Senator that wipes the hind end of Lord Limbaugh.

    And Matt, if you want bi-partisan bills, then you better get the idiot [R]s that YOU voted into office to start participating in a real debate, instead of just saying NO to everything!

    October 12, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  5. Marv

    I didnot hear any statements re Reid while the idiot was in the white house. All you followers of hannity, Rush.savage and the others shoud be put on a ship that gets lost never to return. We dont need idiots like you on this earth.

    October 12, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  6. Sari

    I'm a NV resident and so is my husband. We're voting for Reid.

    October 12, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  7. mark

    bye bye...

    October 12, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  8. Shasta

    Dear Nevada,

    Get him out!

    A democrat

    October 12, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  9. Fitz in Texas

    The faster this guy leaves the better off this country will be.

    October 12, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  10. Fed Up

    Boo hoo! That's just the start of getting rid of this do-nothing Congress. They are in power in all 3 branches, and still can't get anything done. Get rid of the jerks!!!

    October 12, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  11. John Nixdorf

    I'd love to get a better Democrat as the Senator from Nevada.

    I'd also love to get a better Senate Majority Leader then Reid.

    October 12, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  12. donttreadonme

    It didn't take long for the dem libs to ruin their welcome. Because many people disliked Bush the libs felt as though they had a blank check to steam roll our constitution. They thought wrong and the more left Obama moves the more unpopular he will become.

    October 12, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  13. Thomas

    For the betterment of the Democratic party, it would be better of Reid were replaced. He is too easy of a target.

    October 12, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  14. Clint, Lynnwood Wa.

    The Dems need a strong and effective leader, like Alan Grayson

    October 12, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  15. Obama IS ACORN

    Nevada, please help yourselves and the rest of the country... VOTE this guy out!!!!

    October 12, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  16. Big Daddy

    Harry is the biggest wimp in the Senate. Pelosi in the Congress. Get rid of these two, and President Obama can get REAL change through,

    October 12, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  17. Mike O

    Good riddance; the Dems have GOT to have better leadership than this fossil and Queen Pelosi. Someone who has at least an inkling of the view outside the Beltway.

    October 12, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  18. The Real Tom Paine

    Its a long time until November 2010: at this point in 2007, McCain was written off, Fred Thompson was the savior for the GOP. A year is an eternity in politics, and Reid is a great campaigner. Once people start to dig int Tarkanian's business dealings and look beyond Lowden's looks, Reid will be back in.

    The GOP may hate him, but the business community will see they need seniority once Ensign is done politically castrating himself. Reid will be back.

    October 12, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  19. AXH

    Get that old dino out of there!
    Take Pelosi with you Harry!

    October 12, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  20. The Health Insurance Cartel is Killing Americans

    No more Republicant's! Their type of governance has led us into near disaster and they have proven themselves to be UNWILLING to help get our country out of the mess they and George W. Bush created! Why, why, why would ANY American with a spit's worth of brains vote to elect ANY of them??!!

    October 12, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  21. Willy Brown

    Buh bye Hippy Harry.

    October 12, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  22. The Health Insurance Cartel is Killing Americans

    "Two words: TERM LIMITS!"

    One word: ELECTIONS! Remember? Like in the Constitution??

    October 12, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  23. Fed Up

    Time to clean house................out with the old.

    October 12, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  24. Minnesotan

    If he did what the people who voted him in asked him to do he would be in the lead. This man has no balls, therefore he gets bowled over by the GOP constantly. Stand up for what you believe in and maybe you'd garner more liberal support.

    October 12, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  25. Luke Brown

    Why is this news? The election is more than a year away. Give the guy a break.

    October 12, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
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