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Harry Reid, Sharron Angle Running Neck-and-Neck in Nevada Senate Race

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican challenger Sharron Angle remained deadlocked in Nevada's Senate race, with Reid holding a statistically insignificant lead of 46 percent to 44 percent, according to a Mason-Dixon Polling & Research survey conducted Sept. 7-9 for the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Six percent are undecided and the rest do not like either choice. The margin of error is 4 points.

Two weeks ago, Mason-Dixon had Reid at 46 percent and Angle at 45 percent. A Rasmussen Reports poll conducted Sept. 1 had the two tied at 45 percent each.

The issues of the economy and jobs are the top concern of voters given that Nevada is suffering the highest unemployment rate in the nation at 14.3 percent. And that is putting the focus on the question of which way independents will turn. Mason-Dixon says a majority of them reject Reid's argument that the rotten economy is the fault of former President George W. Bush and they favor Angle's economic positions.

"Independents are buying her economic argument by large margins," Mason-Dixon's Brad Coker said. "I think they would be backing her even more if she didn't have all the baggage that's giving some people pause."
Harry Reid, Sharron Angle
Coker was referring to stands taken by Angle popular with her supporters in the Tea Party movement but less palatable to general election voters -- something that Reid has been trying to exploit in his torrent of negative ads directed at her.

Unaffiliated voters back Angle by a margin of 42 percent to 33 percent, with 11 percent undecided and 14 percent saying they preferred other choices.

Reid's attacks are most likely a contributor to the uptick in the number of voters who see Angle unfavorably, now 46 percent, up 3 points higher than two weeks ago. Thirty-five percent see her favorably and 19 percent have a neutral opinion.

Reid, who has suffered from negative numbers all year, is seen unfavorably by 52 percent and favorably by 41 percent, with 7 percent having a neutral opinion.

As for Harry Reid's son Rory, who is running for governor, the news is bad. The poll found Republican Brian Sandoval, a former state attorney general and federal judge, leading the younger Reid by 52 percent to 36 percent, with 8 percent undecided and the rest liking neither. The Review-Journal said the poll showed Reid "is at least visible in the rear view mirror."

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