The Las Vegas Review Journal has an interesting poll out today showing that Nevada voters would prefer someone other that Harry Reid or Sharron Angle.
Two-thirds of voters who say they back Sharron Angle wish another Republican had won the nomination, according to a poll for the Las Vegas Review-Journal and 8NewsNow that shows deep dissatisfaction with both the Tea Party pick and U.S. Sen. Harry Reid.
Nearly eight of 10 voters who remain undecided or who don't like Angle or Reid say they, too, would have preferred if the staunch conservative hadn't won the June 8 primary over her more moderate foes. And 58 percent of such nonaligned voters say they wish Reid hadn't won the Democratic nomination, suggesting a majority of Nevadans are unhappy with their choices. [MORE]
While this may sound like very bad news for Sharron Angle, Legal Insurrection points out what is really going on.
The latest Mason-Dixon Poll released by the Las Vegas Review-Journal shows Reid up 1 point, 45-44.
The headlines are screaming that 68% of voters would have preferred another GOP candidate, but that seems like a meaningless number since the choice is between Reid and Angle, and on that choice voters are largely split. If anything, that number may reflect that voters wanted a stronger GOP candidate to get rid of Reid, hardly a measure in which Reid should take comfort.
Here are the key numbers: Reid still is only polling at 45%, an abysmal number this late in the game for a multi-term incumbent. Despite two months of pummelling Angle, Reid still has higher negative numbers:
It isn’t surprising to me to see that Nevada Republicans are less than enthusiastic about Angle. Angle’s problem is that she simply was not ready for the hot glare of the national media. Just like Rand Paul, once Angle emerged the winner, the media quickly set out to paint her as extreme. Angle’s inexperience with dealing with a lopsided media quickly provided tons of fodder that could be used to paint her as extreme.
Angle could have benefited greatly from a media consultant who could have helped her quickly define herself, rather than having herself defined by the Reid camp and the media.
Fortunately for Angle, she is running against Harry Reid, the Democrat Senate Majority leader. All the bad stuff over the last two years can be instantly tied to Harry (Bailouts = Harry, Stimulus = Harry, ObamaCare = Harry, backroom wheeling and dealing = Harry). Angle simply needs to keep driving this message home and then ask the simply question, does Harry really deserve another term after all of that?
For Harry Reid, time is running out. There is just a little over 60 days before midterm elections and he is still below 50% and only one point ahead of Sharron Angle. There really isn’t much more Reid can do other than to keep going negative on Angle. Everyone knows who he is and what he has done. Reid simply cannot run from his record.
To add insult to injury, the NRA has now declared they will not be endorsing Reid’s re-election bid. This is coming after a recent e-mail praising Reid on guns!
Via: Legal Insurrection