June 3rd, 2010
10:58 AM ET
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Poll: Tea Party candidate in Nevada surging

(CNN) - A new poll suggests that a Tea Party-backed candidate is now in the lead in the battle for Nevada's Republican Senate nomination.

According to a Suffolk University Political Research Center survey released Thursday morning, 33 percent state GOP voters back Sharron Angle in Tuesday's primary. The former member of the Nevada Assembly has won the endorsements and help in recent months of many conservative organizations, including the Tea Party Express and the Club for Growth.

Angle has aggressively touted her connection to Tea Party activists, calling the movement "a tsunami of conservatism across this country."

The poll indicates that 26 percent support Las Vegas businessman and former University of Nevada Las Vegas basketball star Danny Tarkanian, with businesswoman and former Nevada Republican Party Chairwoman Sue Lowden at 25 percent. The remaining candidates in the field of 13 bidding for the Republican Senate nomination are in single digits in the survey.

A Mason-Dixon poll conducted in early April for the Las Vegas Review-Journal indicated Angle was a distant third, far behind Lowden and Tarkanian. But according to a Mason-Dixon survey in May, Angle had jumped into second place, trailing Lowden by five points.

"The 'Tea Party Express' endorsement of Angle has energized her effort to rise from relative political obscurity to flat-out front-runner," says David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center.

The winner of Tuesday's Republican primary will take on presumptive Democratic nominee, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who's battling for a fifth term.

The survey also indicates that Nevada Republicans overwhelmingly support Arizona's new law that cracks down on illegal immigrants. Eighty-nine percent say they support the law, with five percent opposed. When asked if a similar law should be passed in Nevada, 85 percent say yes and nine percent say no.

The Suffolk University Political Research Center poll was conducted June 1-2, with 400 likely Nevada GOP primary voters questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 4.9 percentage points.

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soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. Steve in North Carolina

    Anybody But Reid!

    June 3, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  2. PA Moderate

    Tea Party= thinly disguised knee jerk reaction from white America over the first black POTUS…people who miss the “good old days” of Archie Bunker; hardly a wave of conservatism sweeping across the country. He will be re-elected and they will fade away.

    June 3, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  3. Jim in San Mateo

    That's a very pretty white tea party bus. However it may crash in November.

    June 3, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  4. Republicans is smart in the head area

    Love that The Chicken Whisperer is in third place. Angle might just guarantee Harry Reid a fifth term!

    June 3, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  5. NVa Native

    "a tsunami of conservatism across this country" ~ it's not a movement it's a bunch of little clusters of dillusional people who are easily manipulated by fear and deception ~ that strangely get a lot of undeserved press by the corporate media who are continually looking for that elusive "train wreck".
    Where Frank Luntz, Beckler, and Rush are gods.

    June 3, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  6. Two-Face

    Sen Reid is gonna lose, honestly. You could put that in the bank!

    I do believe he's gonna lose and I cuold care less if he likes it or not. In some sense, is what he gets. But he should learn from his mistakes and should redem himself. Though he's been round but that's it, he gone!

    June 3, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  7. Marty, FL

    What? No more chickens to the doctor? Come on, Lowden is not backing down from this system...lol
    Sheer comic relief.

    June 3, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  8. jrohmfeld

    I bet CNN wishes for the same surge in its ratings huh?

    Keeping talking trash about Tea Partys, soon you wont have a soap box to report from.

    June 3, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
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