Harry Reid Leapfrogs Sue Lowden in Nevada

The last several weeks in the Nevada Senate race have seen leading Republican candidate Sue Lowden badly stumble on the issue of healthcare, speaking out in favor of a bartering system in which patients pay their doctors with chickens, and incumbent Democrat Harry Reid speak out forcefully in favor of reform. Lo and behold, Reid is now surging into the lead:

Harry Reid 42% (D)
Sue Lowden 35% (R)
Scott Ashjian 3% (T)
Tim Fasano 5% (IAP)
None of these 8%
Undecided 8%

These numbers do come from a Democratic pollster, and as such should be taken with a grain of salt. What is more, Reid does not lead the other Republican polled in the race, Danny Tarkanian, with both candidates pulling in 37 percent of the vote.

That said, other recent polling on the race has also shown Lowden tanking in the polls, which cannot be bad news for Reid as he seeks reelection this fall. Perhaps making healthcare reform a central piece of this campaign isn't the worst idea after all.

Tags: NV-Sen, Senate 2010, Harry Reid, Sue Lowden, hcr, healthcare reform, Bartering, chickens (all tags)

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Wait until the Day after...

Primary Day.  My Guess is that's when the B-52's come out and carpet bomb advertising about 'whatever republican' wins the Primary. Not t Mention Harry's 'friends' in Pharma, Insurance, Gaming 7 Mining.  All prepared to spend megabucks on Harry's behalf.

Tarkanian has some tint of corruption from previous dealings, not sure what it is but he is definately the weaker candidate on the R side.

Sharron Angle (R-Club for Growth) is nuts.  Just a blank look in the eyes after saying ''no taxes.  Knows nothing else, I've seen it.  

However, if Lowden looses in the primary, This becomes a race of an underfunded and tainted Republican versus the Harry Reid warchest.  Which he will bring out big time in either case.  Especially in an anti-incumbant year.

by NvDem 2010-05-12 02:12PM | 0 recs
RE: Harry Reid Leapfrogs Sue Lowden in Nevada

The race turned when Sue Lowden revealed her hand with the chicken mishap, and we moved on to financial reform where Reid could show greater strength.

Could checkups for chickens turn out to be the greatest political gaffe of the season? I hope so.

by NoFortunateSon 2010-05-12 02:30PM | 0 recs
RE: Harry Reid Leapfrogs Sue Lowden in Nevada

I usually miss out on the gaffe bandwagon because I tend to be forgiving of verbal miscues and I get tired of pile-ons pretty quickly.  But this one had a particular resonance because it shows how idiotic the alternatives to HCR really are.

 

by the mollusk 2010-05-12 02:37PM | 0 recs
Way back when

everyone was still arguing about Ben Nelson's kickback in the original Senate HCR bill, my thinking was that the Dems would take a beating during the HCR debate, but that once it was over, they would move into "incumbency protection" mode in which they work on things that are more broadly popular and the Republicans would have a difficult time opposing too strongly (financial reform, energy reform, maybe immigration, etc).  It's weird, but that seems to be what they're doing and, even weirder, it may actually be working.  The Dems don't look nearly as feckless in NV, NC, PA, or OH.  There still seems to be strong anti-incumbent sentiment out there, but maybe the Democrats can use the American public's famously short attention span to their benefit for once.  If the Democrats hang on to both houses on Congress after 2010, I think that has to be seen as a smashing success.

by the mollusk 2010-05-12 02:32PM | 0 recs
That famous short attention span works both ways.

I agree.

Any healthcare debate was going to be ugly and bruising, considering every previous President that attempted it failed. There were possibilities to make it more appealing, but we have to consider the difficulty involved. Sausage making and legislating, right?

I think they knew to some extent that it was going to be ugly, and that the objection would be the loudest. So, you put it farthest from the midterm. Evidence: What's been happening with the tea parties lately? Not much.

by NoFortunateSon 2010-05-13 10:37AM | 0 recs
RE: That famous short attention span works both ways.

maybe somebody slipped a little "Sleepytime" into their "Morning Thunder".

by the mollusk 2010-05-13 10:57AM | 0 recs

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