In the latest pulse-taking on the Nevada Senate race, Majority Leader Harry Reid has edged into the lead over Republican Sharron Angle -- although by a statistically insignificant margin -- in a contest where a high percentage of voters have negative views of both candidates, according to a Rasmussen Reports poll conducted July 27.
Reid is ahead of Angle by 45 percent to 43 percent with 7 percent preferring some other candidate and 4 percent undecided. The margin of error is 4 points.
It is the first time in eight Rasmussen surveys of the race -- including those before Angle won the GOP nomination -- that Reid has been in the lead. In two past polls, Angle had led by 11 points.
This latest poll is in line with a Public Policy Polling survey
conducted July 16-18, which had Reid ahead 48 percent to 46 percent. A poll conducted July 12-14 for the Las Vegas Journal-Review
had Reid leading 44 percent to 37 percent.
Not only do majorities of voters see each candidate unfavorably, the number of those who regard them "very" unfavorably is high -- 48 percent for Reid and 41 percent for Angle.
Fifty percent of voters say Reid's views are extreme compared to 41 percent who say they are mainstream, with 8 percent undecided. Fifty-eight percent consider Angle's views extreme while 37 percent put her in the mainstream, with 6 percent unsure.
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