Democrats breathed a sigh of relief when conservative (and sometimes gaffe-prone) Tea Party candidate Sharron Angle nabbed the Republican nomination to challenge Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who had been perceived as one of the GOP’s most vulnerable targets.
A new poll shows Reid still maintaining a small lead over his conservative rival. A new Reuters/Ipsos survey out today shows Reid hanging on to only a 2-point lead – within the margin of error – capturing 46 percent of likely voters to Angle’s 44.
Among registered voters, Reid is seen as better than Angle on a range of qualities, including "understanding the economic issues Nevada faces" and being "the best person to help generate jobs in Nevada."
But the poll also found that Reid is seen as more likely than Angle to be willing to "say anything to win votes."
Despite the closeness of the Senate race, Reid is still faring much better than his son, Rory, who is running for governor of the state. Republican Brian Sandoval’s lead over Reid has grown from 11 points to almost 30 since early August, according to the poll.
The poll of 600 voters has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent for registered voters and 4.6 percent for likely voters.