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. Politics is Funny Stuff

    Maybe he should have sex with Ensign's campaign staff. Then he could keep his job too.

    October 12, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  2. ted

    The American people are slowly realizing the huge mistake they made by putting the Dems in power.

    October 12, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  3. The Lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    So Nevada what is the alternative choice? A Republican? In my fifty years plus of life neither party has any difference, both are Big Government, big spenders, big debt pushers.
    So who does the American voter vote for when both of the parties are the same?
    How do we get our governemnt back from the Corportate campaign contributors and return it to the people? It is time for the two party monopoly to end.

    October 12, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  4. BabyD

    Rush, I feel sorry for you my friend. You have two things going agaisnt you in todays times. One: You are white and are not afraid to let your voice be heard. This makes you a racist. Two: You disagree with the president on many issues. This also makes you a racist. White people are being blammed for everything anymore. Reverse racism in action.

    October 12, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  5. Ron in GA

    People are finally waking up, not just in nevada, but all over the land.

    October 12, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  6. Ed

    So many reasons for this guy to go and so little time. Regardless of political party, he's contributed to the vitriol in Washington. Calling GWB all sorts of names and failing to apologize. I know, I know, the Republicans have done the same thing. As many polls have indicated over the last decade, the American people have very little respect for our lawmakers in Washington. I admit, it's our own fault for electing them to begin with. However, with such an uneducated electorate, what can we expect? I resigned from the Republican Party years ago when it became obvious to me that BOTH parties really don't have the public well-being in mind. If you put them side by side and compare their actions, there's not a hair's bit of difference between them.

    October 12, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  7. Censorship in Practice form at CNN--S Callahan NYS

    Hah! Imagine the cocky confidence.....just too much! God can remove your power in the wink of his eye....don't be so testy...

    October 12, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  8. Jane/Seattle

    This apparent need to appease Republicans and/or other factions is a Big Mistake. When the Republicans held Congress, they gave not one daamn about any Democratic ideas or policy interests. Sen. Reid needs to be replaced with someone of total Integrity. Who might that be in this government where the majority of elected folks pretend to be opposed and then vote with the Capitalist Reich! Michael Moore and others have called them Republicrats for this is how it appears to us lowly peons who pay for their never-ending financial largesse! if nothing else we require leaders of impeccable Ethics for real change and hope to ever materialize here in America. Peace

    October 12, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  9. Buffalo Bill

    My prediction: The GOP candidate for the Nevada senate seat wins by a comfortable margin IF he/she promotes conservative ideals. A sure re-election of Sen. Reid will occur if the GOP runs a "moderate". In fact, if across the country conservative candidates are selected, Republicans will once again control both Houses of Congress!

    October 12, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  10. valwayne

    9.8% UNEMPLOYMENT, $9 trillion in additional debt and rising, a corrupt stimulous bill that wasted nearly a trillion dollars and made unemployment worse to fill the pockets of special interests. A health care bill that will turn the rules of the Senate upside down so it can be crammed down the throats of the American people. $500 billion in Medicare cuts that will hurt the elderly to pay for Obamacare the majority of the American people are rejecting. Calling the old and handicapped who struggled to attend town hall meetings in August EVIL MONGERS! The Senator has a lot to answer for and explain in the next election!!!

    October 12, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  11. Great news......

    Pelosi is next.....loving it !!!!!!

    October 12, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  12. The biggining of the End - DEMS

    This is only the beginning. All of this trying to tell everybody what to do, how to live and who we (taxpayers) must support (Democrat freeloaders) – will soon catch up with The Dems and they will lose all 3 branches of government. My only fear is that they have gone so far that the swing back to The Republicans will only swing too far yet again.

    Our country works best when there is a healthy competition of ideas between the left and the right politically.

    October 12, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  13. Stephen St Jeor

    It would be extremely foolish of the citizens of Nevada to remove a senior senator with enormous clout and put in a junior senator without any clout. However, they did this once before when they removed a senior senator, Cannon, and then put in a terrible choice for senator, Chic Hecht, who only served one term. Most of the noise is coming from both the conservative side of Nevada as well as from those that are against protecting the environment.

    October 12, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  14. Peter s

    With all respects Senator Harry Reid ! the die is cast! people are done with you! please do the honorable thing step aside and let the yong democrates take the mantle we can't let the party of NO NO win in Nevada!

    October 12, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  15. RealityKing

    Good riddance. Just like whatshisname..., you know, the last democratic majority leader that was also thrown out of office.

    October 12, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  16. Rob

    Why do they show Rush in his radio booth always pulling at his shirt and sweating as he does his rants and raves? Is the guy really looney tunes or headed for a heart attack? And how about his drug addiction problem..is he clean these days or flying high?

    October 12, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  17. Jackie in Dallas

    How many dozen people did this poll reach? Most national polls are based on less than 0.00001% of voters. In Utah, that would be how many?

    CNN, I like polls as much as the next guy - in other words, not at all - but I especially dislike the constant harping on them as if they were "the Word". They aren't. And you are making a mockery of what already IS a mockery by using HYPOTHETICAL polls. Come on, there must be some real news out there!

    October 12, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  18. 911willie

    This election is more than a year away. Polls are a snapshot in time. In a year, Reid could be up by 10% or down by 20. So how is this news? Also. Reid's current problems have to do with his relationship with the people of Nevada and not his popularity or lack thereof with the rest of us.

    October 12, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  19. Shawn _ GA

    Why is it when anyone points out that the Dem party had control other than the President for the past 2 years before Bush was out everyone says that the Congress and Senate have no power and it is all the President's fault for the economy... HOWEVER say that Reid has to go and this page is full of people saying that if you give the Rep party "power" again they will ruin the economy again.... which is it?

    If Senate and Congress do nto have power than stop getting so upset, if they DO have power than you need to hold them accountable along with Bush for the Economy.... Stop with the double speak!

    October 12, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  20. Marty, Grand Rapids MI

    I wouldn't mind seeing him go but not for a republican. They have some time to turn this around. Maybe they can vote in a more progressive democrat instead.

    October 12, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  21. Harley

    That's what happens when you are a far left Lib , like Pelosi, and Bill Ayers !!!!

    October 12, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  22. lf

    Harry, Maybe it is time for your 'hang it up' instead of 'hanging in there.'
    You've done a fairly good job for a few years. Go home to Nevada and run for political office there, or just sit on the front porch in a rocking chair drinking your mint juleps. They could use you back here. You could offer your services in teaching in one of the colleges. Now this would be a contribution you could really make in Political Science.

    Let some of your young citizens become senator now.

    October 12, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  23. rjoco

    Reid is a blatant partisan hack and crook. He is not good for the people of this country. Whether you are from the right or left this is just one guy that the country doesn't need. Bravo Yankee, Brave Yankee Reid.

    October 12, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  24. D. D.

    What has he done for people lately? What has anyone voted in Washington done for people lately? They can not do anything for fighting each other. Can we rejoice on something soon, please?

    October 12, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  25. Jane

    Too bad. Out with the old and in with the new. We need to pass term limits to get rid of the professional Congress and House that are doing what they want and not what the people want.

    October 12, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
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