The new Mason-Dixon poll of the Nevada Senate race gives Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid a one-point edge over Republican former state Rep. Sharron Angle — and while this is in a sense good news for Reid, it also shows a potential recovery for Angle after some truly awful previous numbers.
The numbers: Reid 43%, Angle 42%. The survey of likely voters has a ±4% margin of error. In the previous Mason-Dixon poll from two weeks ago, though, Reid had an even stronger lead of 44%-37%, as a result of relentless attacks on Angle’s right-wing positions and her steady stream of gaffes. The TPM Poll Average gives Reid a lead of 44.3%-42.6%.
“At least for the moment, she seems to have stopped the bleeding,” Brad Coker of Mason-Dixon told the Las Vegas Review Journal, which commissioned the poll. “Reid had the airwaves to himself for a while, and he drove her numbers down with the advertising. But that didn’t necessarily drive his numbers up. There hasn’t been a lot of good news to hang his hat on.”