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Nevada Poll: Reid would lose if Lowden were to run
Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | Aug. 11, 2009 | BENJAMIN SPILLMAN

Posted on 08/11/2009 9:07:12 AM PDT by GOPGuide

Republican Sue Lowden would defeat incumbent Democratic Sen. Harry Reid by 6 percentage points in a head-to-head matchup, according to a poll of likely Nevada voters.

Unfortunately for Reid-bashers, Lowden isn't running -- at least not yet.

On Monday, Lowden supporters, including political strategist Robert Uithoven, disclosed the results of a poll commissioned as part of an effort to persuade the Nevada Republican Party chairwoman to run, especially if Rep. Dean Heller, R-Nev., decides not to challenge Reid.

The poll by Denver-based Vitale & Associates was conducted July 29-30 and showed that 48 percent of respondents favored Lowden to 42 percent for Reid. Ten percent were undecided. The margin of error was plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.

Of the 510 poll respondents, 44 percent identified themselves as Democrats, 38 percent as Republicans, 15 percent as independent or non-partisan, and 3 percent declined to state an affiliation.

The findings reaffirm the notion that Reid is in trouble in his home state, despite expectations that he will raise as much as $25 million to maintain his grip on the seat, said those behind the poll.

"Sue would have plenty of money to win this race," Uithoven said. "She doesn't have $25 million, but she wouldn't need it."

Pollster Todd Vitale said the most telling numbers might be the ones related to Reid.

In three Reid-related categories -- image, approval and whether they would vote to re-elect -- respondents gave the senator a thumbs down. Just 39 percent viewed Reid favorably, and 34 percent said they would vote to re-elect him.

"All of those are very, very telling pieces of information," said Vitale, who has been a pollster for 15 years. "I've never seen an incumbent with numbers this bad who hadn't had some scandal."

Uithoven said the fact Reid would need to raise $25 million to hold the seat in a state where he is a familiar presence is evidence of political vulnerability, not strength.

He also said Reid's position of majority leader makes it easier for opponents to paint him as a career politician who is out of touch with Nevadans.

That's not how Brandon Hall, Reid's campaign manager, sees it. Hall said that as recently as this week, with the National Clean Energy Summit 2.0 in Las Vegas, Reid is demonstrating how he uses his position in Washington to benefit Nevada residents. The summit focused on the potential for energy upgrades to improve the economy.

"It highlights the potential Nevada has to be a leading producer of clean energy and create thousands of jobs right here in Nevada," Hall said of the event, which featured former President Bill Clinton, former Vice President Al Gore and current Energy Secretary Steven Chu.

Hall also said that even though Lowden supporters have produced a poll, they haven't produced her as a candidate. And even if Lowden gets into the race, Hall said, she would need to defeat a field of Republicans to get to the general campaign.

The Republican contenders include Las Vegas real estate professional Danny Tarkanian, son of former University of Nevada, Las Vegas basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian and Las Vegas City Councilwoman Lois Tarkanian; former Assemblywoman Sharron Angle; attorney and former Marine Chuck Kozak; and investment banker John Chachas.

"Senator Reid doesn't put a lot of weight in polls," Hall said. "The only number he is focused on right now is Nevada's unemployment number."

The unemployment figure of more than 12 percent is likely contributing to Reid's low approval rating. The poll showed the economy was respondents' greatest concern. "We've been going through a really tough recession that has hit Nevada really hard, and that is having an effect on how people view their leaders," Hall said.

Other highlights of the poll results included a near dead heat in terms of generic party preference for the Senate seat Reid holds. The poll showed that 38 percent of respondents favored a Republican in the seat and 39 percent a Democrat.

The poll also referenced Sen. John Ensign, a Republican caught up in a scandal over an extramarital affair.

The poll showed that 40 percent of respondents had a favorable view of Ensign, 46 percent an unfavorable view, and 9 percent had no opinion.


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Nevada
KEYWORDS: 2009polls; harryreid; lowden; nevada; nv2010; poll; reid
I've never heard of Sue Lowden.

I thought Dean Heller would run.

1 posted on 08/11/2009 9:07:12 AM PDT by GOPGuide
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To: GOPGuide

Run Sue, Run!


2 posted on 08/11/2009 9:11:48 AM PDT by Big_Harry ( Thank God I am an "Infidel"!)
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To: GOPGuide

oh please oh please oh please......


3 posted on 08/11/2009 9:15:04 AM PDT by my small voice (A biased media and an uneducated public is the biggest threat to our democracy)
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To: GOPGuide

Sue will likely run and has a very good chance of winning.

There is a ton of research material on Reid that is very damaging. Y’all trust me on this, Reid will have a hard time if Sue Runs.


4 posted on 08/11/2009 9:19:40 AM PDT by FastCoyote (I am intolerant of the intolerable.)
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To: GOPGuide
I heard Tarkanian's son on the radio yesterday, he sounds pretty goo so far.

From what I understand, he's running against Reid too.

5 posted on 08/11/2009 9:22:28 AM PDT by Las Vegas Ron (Americans, just reading the bills and doing the jobs their representatives won't do)
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To: GOPGuide; All
http://www.politico.com/blogs/scorecard/0809/Tarkanian_running_against_Reid.html?showall
6 posted on 08/11/2009 9:24:46 AM PDT by Las Vegas Ron (Americans, just reading the bills and doing the jobs their representatives won't do)
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To: GOPGuide

Hell, Reid would lose if Snidely Wiplash ran..


7 posted on 08/11/2009 9:28:29 AM PDT by xcamel (The urge to save humanity is always a false front for the urge to rule it. - H. L. Mencken)
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To: GOPGuide

I’m not from Nevada, but if she runs, I’ll contribute to her campaign.

That way, I get the pleasure of driving to Nevada next year... lurking for the Reidcritter, so that I can spit on his sorry liberal Obama. (Note: The curse word Obama is a new - and more appropriate meaning - for certain nether portions of the butt.)


8 posted on 08/11/2009 9:33:03 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: GOPGuide

Would a PUMA please primary him.

Why do any Mormans still support him?


9 posted on 08/11/2009 9:34:16 AM PDT by CPT Clay (Pick up your weapon and follow me.)
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To: my small voice

Maybe this could help out at the green conferance.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2313376/posts


10 posted on 08/11/2009 9:39:18 AM PDT by CPT Clay (Pick up your weapon and follow me.)
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To: GOPGuide

Wasn’t she on tv as a reporter for a while; until that reporter was murdered in Hawaii and her husband? if the same one; is the head and/or owner of a big casino. This would have been the late 80’s.


11 posted on 08/11/2009 9:48:17 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: freekitty

Should have said another reporter


12 posted on 08/11/2009 9:48:52 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: GOPGuide

Any competitor has to win by 15% in order to get past recounts that are reworked to give the democrat and ACORN a seat.


13 posted on 08/11/2009 10:16:54 AM PDT by cyberbo2004
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To: GOPGuide

Any competitor has to win by 15% in order to get past recounts that are reworked to give the democrat and ACORN a seat.


14 posted on 08/11/2009 10:17:03 AM PDT by cyberbo2004
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To: cyberbo2004

VOTE AGAINST ALL INCUMBENTS


15 posted on 08/11/2009 10:35:16 AM PDT by crazyotto
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To: FastCoyote

Even though Reid’s approvals ar elower than Ensign’s, he will be tought to beat. How much of the stimulus is going to Reid’s campaign’s warchest?


16 posted on 08/11/2009 10:49:45 AM PDT by yongin
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To: yongin

“he will be tough to beat.”

Yes, but the good news is he has so much dirt accumulated around him that there is a good opening.


17 posted on 08/11/2009 10:59:04 AM PDT by FastCoyote (I am intolerant of the intolerable.)
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To: FastCoyote

What do you think of Lowden as a candidate?

Is she good enough that the state and national parties will clear the primary field for Lowden?


18 posted on 08/11/2009 6:06:05 PM PDT by GOPGuide
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To: GOPGuide

[What do you think of Lowden as a candidate?

Is she good enough that the state and national parties will clear the primary field for Lowden?]

That’s what it looks like to me. The insiders have spoken. But we shall see.


19 posted on 08/11/2009 9:31:43 PM PDT by FastCoyote (I am intolerant of the intolerable.)
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To: GOPGuide

Reid very nearly lost the last time he ran. He’s not any more popular this time around.


20 posted on 08/11/2009 9:34:39 PM PDT by behzinlea
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To: GOPGuide
Good write-up of Sue Lowden here. She sounds like a Nevada version of Sarah Palin. I must say, I'm impressed.

What can you tell me about Dean Heller? We also need someone to replace can't-control-his-schlong John Ensign two years later.

21 posted on 08/14/2009 5:45:30 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or, are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: Vigilanteman

Heller is rumoured to be taking a hard look at Ensign’s seat.


22 posted on 08/14/2009 6:38:51 PM PDT by GOPGuide
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To: GOPGuide

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23 posted on 10/18/2009 3:39:25 PM PDT by HollandforSenate
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