Nevada provides us with a couple of stories today, and both speak to the destruction of the Reid brand in the Silver State. First, Rasmussen has a new survey in Harry Reid’s re-election bid that shows Sharron Angle maintaining a lead among likely voters even after her post-primary bounce:
Sharron Angle’s modest bounce after her Republican Primary win appears to be over, but she still holds a slight lead over Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in Nevada’s U.S. Senate race.
The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in Nevada shows Angle earning 48% support, while Reid, the state’s longtime Democratic senator, picks up 41% of the vote. Eight percent (8%) like some other candidate in the race, while just two percent (2%) are undecided.
Two weeks ago, coming off her primary victory, Angle posted a 50% to 39% lead over Reid, who many consider one of the most vulnerable congressional incumbents in the country.
Angle’s lead dropped from eleven points to seven, but note that both Angle and Reid stayed within the margin of error from the previous survey. Reid still hasn’t climbed above 42% yet this year in any major survey, and that’s a bad position for an incumbent. He had months to spend millions while Republicans beat each other up in a hotly-contested primary, and despite using more than a quarter of his $25 million war chest, he hasn’t moved the needle at all.
The demographics look pretty good for Angle. She has a wide lead among men (55/36), narrowly loses women (42/47), wins every age demographic, and more than doubles up among independents (58/26). Among the ethnic demo “Other”, Angle wins 65/18, and wins the $20-40K income demo 56/33. Interestingly, they have identical favorable ratings at 48%, but Reid gets a 43% “very unfavorable” rating, compared to Angle’s 33%. Fifty-three percent want ObamaCare repealed, and since Reid wrote the final version of that bill himself, that makes it difficult to see how he can get above the mid-40s regardless of who his opponent is.
Meanwhile, his son Rory has decided to ditch the last name altogether:
Nevada gubernatorial candidate Rory Reid (D) is on the air with his first campaign ad and it’s missing one thing: his last name.
Reid, the son of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), doesn’t say his name at any point during the ad, but it prominently features his campaign logo, “Rory 2010.”
Observers noticed that throughout the gubernatorial primary, Rory Reid seemed to distance himself from his father, who faced high disapproval ratings from voters. …
Rory Reid’s website also neglects to mention his last name on its main banner, which reads “Rory 2010.”
In other words, Rory Reid has decided to make himself the Cher of Nevada politics.
Update (AP): Here’s the ad. Pathetic.