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Nevada Governor’s poll: Sandoval continues to lead Reid

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Republican Brian Sandoval continues to lead Democrat Rory Reid in the Nevada governor’s race, according to a statewide poll released Saturday.

The poll, conducted for the Las Vegas Review-Journal and KLAS-TV, found Sandoval had 47 percent to Reid’s 36 percent.

Seven percent were undecided, another 7 percent were for “none of these candidates” and 3 percent were for others.

Sandoval’s 11 percentage point lead compares with a 14 percentage point margin he held in a similar poll in early June.

“We are encouraged by the reception we are getting across the state, but we are taking nothing for granted,” Sandoval said.

Reid spokesman Mike Trask downplayed the poll results, saying the only one that matters is by voters on Election Day.

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“Polls at this moment are irrelevant,” he said, adding the first campaign finance report shows Reid had raised $2.6 million to Sandoval’s $575,000.

The telephone poll of 625 registered voters was conducted Monday through Wednesday by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research. The results have a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

Sandoval, a former federal judge and state attorney general, was viewed favorably by 45 percent of respondents and unfavorably by 19 percent.

Reid, an attorney who is chairman of the Clark County Commission, had a 29 percent favorable rating and a 38 percent unfavorable rating.

The poll also found Republican Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki holds a 12 percentage point lead over Democrat Jessica Sferrazza, and Democratic Secretary of State Ross Miller enjoys a 17 percentage point lead over Republican Rob Lauer.

Democratic Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto has a 7 percentage point lead over Republican Travis Barrick, while two other Democratic incumbents – Treasurer Kate Marshall and Controller Kim Wallin – are in statistical ties with GOP opponents.

The poll found Republican Steve Martin with a 4 percentage point lead over Marshall and Wallin with a 2 percentage point lead over Republican Brian Herr.