May 28th, 2010
09:17 AM ET
12 years ago

New poll suggests Nevada Senate race tightening

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="A new poll indicates the Nevada Senate race is tightening, and Harry Reid's numbers are on the upswing."]Washington (CNN) – A new poll suggests that Majority Leader Harry Reid has climbed back into the Nevada Senate race and is now virtually tied with each of the three Republicans frontrunners vying for the chance to unseat the Democrat in November.

According to a Mason-Dixon poll released Friday by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Reid trails former Nevada GOP party chairwoman Sue Lowden by a narrow margin. Reid would win 39 percent of the vote in a hypothetical general election match-up, while Lowden clocks in at 42 percent. Lowden's three point advantage is within the survey's sampling error.

Reid fares even better when compared to Sharron Angle, a former GOP member of the Nevada Assembly, and former University of Nevada Las Vegas basketball star Danny Tarkanian.

In those hypothetical match-ups, Reid would win 42 percent of the vote to Angle's 39 percent. And when matched against Tarkanian, Reid trails by one point, garnering 41 percent compared to 42 percent for Tarkanian. Both of these margins are also within the poll's sampling error.

The results represent a significant improvement for Reid, but the veteran senator's support totals fall consistently around 40 percent, short of the 50 percent considered healthy for incumbents.

The poll also reveals new clues about which candidate is most likely to emerge from a crowded GOP primary field to challenge Reid in November.

If the primary were held today, former frontrunner Lowden would win 30 percent of the vote, compared to 29 percent for Tea Party favorite Angle and 23 percent for Tarkanian.

The surging Angle has locked up several high profile endorsements in recent weeks, including nods from the Tea Party express and the fiscally conservative Club for Growth.

The Republican Senate primary is scheduled for June 8.

The Mason-Dixon telephone poll of 625 likely voters was conducted between May 24 – May 26 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

The Republican primary survey questioned 500 likely voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.

Filed under: 2010 • Harry Reid • Nevada • Popular Posts • Sharron Angle • Sue Lowden
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  1. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    You can not receive real change if we re-elect those who got us into this mess...

    The time to clean up both The House and 1/3 the Senate is upon us. Don't vote for the party! It is time the people sent a message to Washington DC we reject politics as usual.
    Fire All incumbents!
    Vote Congress out, “you are fired” if they are in. Vote them out this fall no matter what party they belong to, and in the next election and every election going forward until they become the servants of the people once more.
    This November tell Congress "You Are Fired!"

    May 28, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  2. Andrew from Cincinnati

    This guy is so crooked...

    May 28, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
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