Sunday, October 11, 2009

Is It "Game Over" For Harry Reid?

The Tusk has mentioned his prospects in this race before, but now it looks like it's all over for Senate Democrat Leader, Harry Reid of Nevada. Polls are consistently showing him lagging behind his two potential competitors, Sue Lowden and Danny Tarkanian. But the surest factor indicating his assured retirement is this:
Though respondents can't decide whom they want to win the Republican primary, they're certain they don't support Reid, the Senate majority leader seeking his fifth consecutive six-year term.

In one general election scenario, 49 percent of respondents picked Lowden and 39 percent chose Reid. In another, 48 percent picked Tarkanian to 43 percent for Reid. That poll, which surveyed 500 voters Tuesday through Thursday, has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points...

...For months the perception of Reid among voters has been fixed, with near 100 percent name recognition and a high number of voters viewing him unfavorably. In the latest poll, 38 percent of voters viewed Reid favorably compared to 50 percent with an unfavorable view.
50 percent unfavorable rating for the one of the most powerful Democrats in America? The most interesting part is that no one really cares who runs against him, the prevailing attitude seeming to be simply "get him the hell outta here." It's about time.

Oddly enough, this particular poll is a bit better than last month's Rasmussen Reports survey (my favorite, and the most reliable pollster out there) which showed Reid with a 54% unfavorable rating, including 42% who have a "very unfavorable" view of the Senate's leading liberal. My money is on the Rasmussen poll, given his accuracy in the past. This is good news for Nevada.

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