Poll: Lowden, Angle top GOP field in Senate race
June 1, 2010
LAS VEGAS (AP) – A poll shows Republicans Sue Lowden and Sharron Angle about even in the race to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, with Las Vegas businessman Danny Tarkanian trailing slightly.
The survey (released Friday) of 625 registered Nevada voters commissioned and reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal suggests any of the three would face a close race against Reid in November.
Mason-Dixon Polling & Research of Washington, D.C., conducted the survey by telephone Monday through Wednesday. The results have a sampling error margin of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
Among Republican primary voters, the poll showed Lowden drawing 30 percent support, Angle with 29 percent, and Tarkanian with 23 percent. Ten percent supported others or no one, and eight percent said they’re undecided.
Early primary voting is continuing throughout the state. The primary election is June 8.
Results, for the first time, indicate Reid could win a fifth term in November, even over Lowden, the one-time GOP front-runner.
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If the general election were held today, the poll showed Reid within the margin of error against all three top Republicans.
Reid’s campaign said it is ready to battle whichever GOP nominee emerges.
“We think between now and November, when we articulate Sen. Reid’s record of what he’s done for Nevada, and contrast that with the agenda of whichever Republican comes out of the primary, people will ultimately return him,” said Reid campaign communications director Kelly Steele.