June 3rd, 2010
10:58 AM ET
12 years ago

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.

Follow Paul Steinhauser on Twitter: @psteinhausercnn

Filed under: 2010 • Nevada • Popular Posts • Tea Party Express • Tea Party movement
soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. American Patriot -- a "real" tea partier

    A tsunami, huh?

    Pretty apt description for a group that's a national disaster.

    June 3, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  2. JFK

    Only tsnunami I see is a wave of hate sweeping America. Misguided and foolish is what will be said years from now when we look back.

    June 3, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  3. not all docs play golf

    I don't see how they can call themselves the "Club For Growth" as these people are really part of a REGRESSIONIST mentality. How can the word "progressive" be turned into a negative, as these people have done? Thus, I think they are most accurately described as REGRESSIONISTS. God save all of us REAL tax-paying patriotic Americans from this "Tea Party," non-patriotic, "party of me, me,me" movement. I wonder how many of them are really just tax evaders who want to justify their selfishness.

    June 3, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  4. Bob of Lompoc

    Anybody could beat Susan Lowden, "The Chicken Lady". Bawk – bawk – bawk! How stupid.

    June 3, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  5. Jim McClarin

    There's going to be a tsunami in the desert. Angle will sweep Harry Reid oout of office like so much flotsam.

    June 3, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  6. Bill in CA

    That's because "Chicken Lady" Sue Lowden has constantly proved how unqualified she is. Old news....

    June 3, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  7. Carl Justus

    That is great. The more of the republicans that win acting as tea partiers instead of republicans shows they will lose the general election.

    I cannot believe the American are so dumb they will elect someone who advocates no government control over the environment, regulation of the energy industry including electrical, oil, nuclear, ethanol, wind, solar and all other forms of energy. We need regulations to ensure that our food supply is not poisoned or contaminated.

    We need regulations to make sure scales of all kinds are accurate so the public is not overcharged or under served.

    June 3, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  8. cspurgeon

    God help us...and the chickens.

    June 3, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  9. Larry

    The "Tea Party" candidate surged in Kentucky too.

    Has anyone looked at those election results? The loser of the Democratic Party Primary on the same day in Kentucky got more votes than Rand Paul.

    There's hope for this country after all.

    June 3, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  10. wake up

    When will the Obamabots wake up to the fraud that your King Obama is?
    He is a Chicago style corrupt politician who is the liar- in-chief. And you just lapped it up and said more and "yes we can". Well, 13 trillion in debt later, no leadership on oil spill, 800 billion stimulus of lies....etc etc etc, now we all have to pay because you were hoodwinked!

    June 3, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  11. Anonymous

    "Tsunami"?? More like a little bucket of water...only the Bushie loyals believe their own lies.

    June 3, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  12. Charlie

    According to information released in a recent poll Tea Party members are more educated and earn over $50,000 per year. That is these are the people who did something to better themselves, worked hard, got decent jobs, and are paying the taxes. With 47% of the people in this country paying $0 in income tax is is no wonder there is a surge in this party. Of course the 47% are less educated and perfectly happy with the current system because they get a free ride.

    This could be one of the most interesting races in November and a huge kick in the pants to both Republicans and Democrats; the parties that have failed the American People.

    June 3, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  13. Pa Santigie

    Hope people see these wing nut racists for what they really are. Just hiding their racisim behind politics. Where were they when Moron ws ruining the economy and having our brothers, sisters, kids ,fatehrs & mothers killed fin a stupid war and spending close to a trillion dollars while doing so. Someone give them sheets and hoods so they can feel right at home.

    June 3, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  14. phoenix86

    Bye bye Harry.

    June 3, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  15. aunt Bea and Opie

    The real tea party was taken over by Dick Armey and his brown shirt goons.I feel bad for the real people in the movement even though I dont agree with them on many issues.

    June 3, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  16. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    I do not care who is going to step up to the plate and begin to bring our government back to representing the people.
    As long as those who have failed in the past do not get re-elected again. The performance of those who have been in congress over the last forty years is a disgrace and not one incumbent should be re-elected it doesn't matter if they are liberal or conservative, democrat or republican, there has been too much representation of the party first followed by the representation of the too big to fail business and their armies of lobbyists.

    This fall in Nov. 2010 send a message to Washington and Fire those who brought this country down in 2006,2007,2008, 2009 and now the first half of 2010.

    Tell Congress "You ARE Fired!"

    June 3, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  17. not all docs play golf

    Like Las Vegas, as long as what happens in Nevada stays in Nevada, the rest of us will be safe from this crowd who thinks Sarah Palin would be a good leader on the world stage. Can you imagine what our country's standing in the world would be like if that happened?

    June 3, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  18. Tea Party-backed

    as soon as I hear that I think of all the wack jobs that I know that belong to that party

    amusing but a distraction

    June 3, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  19. Jim Brodie

    Nevada: Just a little slice o' Dixie, UP NORTH!

    June 3, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  20. Bob in PA

    Stick the conservative labels, its more like a tsunami of common sense.

    June 3, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  21. Don

    Healthcare for everyone that has a chicken to trade

    June 3, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  22. Michael

    I hope the Tea Party takes all the Republican nominations. That way we can get the entrenched corruption and the lunatic fringe out of the way in one fell swoop.
    Vote Democrat if you love America; vote Republican if you love to destroy America for short-term profit; vote Tea Party if you are delusional schizophrenic.

    June 3, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  23. Mama Bear

    Having lived in that state and worked for various campaigns, I can tell you that most of the voters in that state rarely know whom they are voting for or even why they are voting. It's a mindless activity just like pulling slot machines. That is why they end up with mindless and incompetent elected officials like their governor, Jim Gibbons, or the Mormon senator / philanderer. They rarely read or really do research – but will readily take voting advice from their hair stylist, manicurist, or bookie. Go figure. . .

    The old adage applies – especially in Nevada: "Stupid is as stupid does."

    June 3, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  24. Jon Davis

    The Tea Party: A 18th century mentality to solve 21st problems. Our enemies love this.

    Plus, we can now abolish the government and let Wall Street and oil companies have complete and total control over our lives they way God intended.

    June 3, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  25. Pearl

    God help us!

    June 3, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
1 2