Polls Say: Nevadans Not Wild About Harry
A recent Las Vegas Review Journal poll says nearly half of Nevada residents have had it with Harry Reid. Reid’s approval ratings have been subpar ever since his ascending to Democratic Senate Leader in 2004, and Democratic Senate Majority Leader in 2006.
Only around one-third of Nevadans said they would vote for Senator Reid if the election were held today. That’s bad news for Harry, but good news for those wanting to defeat Reid in 2010 and find better leadership for Nevada, and America. The poll confirms that about 45 percent would vote against Reid, and that about 17 percent of undecided voters would consider electing a new candidate.
Another poll question relating to Reid’s popularity had a result of about 38 percent favorable, 50 percent unfavorable and 11 percent neutral.
The poll was conducted via telephone statewide by Washington-based Mason Dixon Polling & Research Inc. It queried 625 residents for the review Journal with a margin of error of + or - 4 percent.
The poll comes at a crucial time for Senator Harry Reid. President Barack Obama will be visiting Nevada on May 26 to support the Senator in his re-election bid. Nevadans are generally supportive of President Obama even while disapproving of Reid.
Mason Dixon Partner Brad Coker said “Obama so far has been able to stay out of the fray and let Reid and [House Speaker Nancy] Pelosi get their hands dirty,” he continued, “Obama’s so popular, he’s a hard person to take a shot at right now, so Reid and Pelosi become the punching bags.”
“Reid’s fortunes are going to hinge on two things: Does he draw a strong challenger, and what does the economy do,” Coker said. “If Obama and his policies are seen as a success and the economy by mid-2010 appears to be doing better, these numbers will turn around some. The other side of that coin is, if the economy doesn’t seem to be improving, particularly in Nevada.”
How do these polls affect Harry Reid himself? According to Reid spokesmen Brandon Hall and Jim Manley Harry never puts a lot of weight into polls. “The primary number Senator Reid is worried about is Nevada’s 10.4 percent unemployment rate, and that’s why he’s focused on fixing the economy and creating jobs in Nevada,” Hall said. “Polling numbers move up and down. The only poll that really matters is on Election Day.”
Jim Manley said, “Polls by the Review-Journal are consistently out of line with other polls.”
It’s important, however, not to let the polls go to our heads. We can’t let our guard down just yet. Many say that the GOP still has no serious major candidate willing to step up and run against Reid in 2010. A few rare mentions go out to Brian Krolicki (briankrolicki.com), but he is not the only candidate. The Beat Reid Movement is aware of three (3) other candidates who have publicly announced their intentions to run in 2010. They are Bill Parson (billparsonforsenate2010), Sharron Angle (sharonangle.com) and Robin Lee Titus (robintitus.com). Beat Reid is also aware of others who have not yet made their candidacy public.
We need to rally behind these candidates as much as possible if we want to beat Harry Reid in Nevada in the 2010 race for Senate. Remember that Harry Reid has the ability to stock up his campaign coffers like no other: So far this quarter he has acquired more than $2 million in campaign funds on top of the money he already had sitting there. It is of crucial importance to find a candidate one believes in and form a unified front against Harry Reid. If you are interested in the specifics, below are the numbers reported to the Federal Election Commission as of 03/31/2009. On June 30, when the end of quarter reports hit, check back on beatreid.com or keep appraised via our Twitter account and we will make sure to relay the updated numbers in a post.
Senator Harry Reid’s Campaign Financials (as reported to the FEC)
Total Receipts: $2,234,309
Individual Contributions: $1,570,841
Non-Party (e.g. PACs) or Other Committees: $650,400
Total Disbursements: $497,374
Individual Refunds: $6,050
Non-Party (e.g. PACs) or Other Refunds: $5,000
Beginning Cash: $3,316,354
Latest Cash On Hand: $5,053,289
Debts Owed By: $0
A lot can be done with just over 5 million dollars cash on hand and 0$ of debt owed. We can safely assume a reasonable amount of that will go towards television commercials. While our air time is being bombarded with commercials, there is plenty left over to fulfill the retainers of lawyers and private investigators against any potential opponent, if that is a desire of Senator Reid’s campaign team or supporters. Remember, the money will keep coming into his campaign fund (especially after the May 26 visit from President Obama), so I would like reiterate once again: Let’s please work on having a unified front towards beating Harry Reid. We can’t afford to stand idle. Support the candidate whom you feel will do the best job at representing our great state of Nevada and the United States. For those readers outside of Nevada, the only way we are going to beat Harry Reid and start cleaning up the Senate is by you supporting efforts to defeat Harry Reid and candidates running against him.