Pro-Abortion Senate Democratic Leader Tied With Pro-Life Challenger Angle

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 3, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Abortion Senate Democratic Leader Tied With Pro-Life Challenger Angle

by Steven Ertelt Editor
September 3
, 2010

Carson City, NV ( — The leader of the pro-abortion Democrats in the Senate is tied in a new poll with pro-life challenger Sharron Angle in what is one of the marquee Senate races this November. A new Rasmussen Reports poll shows Reid tied at 45 percent with Angle, but he leads when leaners are included.

The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of likely voters in Nevada shows the candidates tied with 5 percent backing another candidate and 6 percent undecided.

Reid and Angle were tied two weeks ago at 47% a piece in the previous Rasmussen poll and pollster Scott Rasmussen says Reid has seen his standing improve as he has spent millions on television commercials throughout the state.

"Earlier this year, Reid was considered to be one of the Senate’s most vulnerable incumbents. He picked up just 39% of the vote following Angle’s primary victory but has seen his own numbers improve to 41% in late June, 43% in early July, 45% in late July and 47% in mid-August," Rasmussen said.

"This is the first survey since Angle’s victory which failed to show an increase in support for Reid. However, the current numbers match the average of the last three surveys suggesting a level of stability has entered the race," he added.

For Angle, the numbers have been heading in the opposite direction, Rasmussen noted.

"The GOP nominee attracted 50% of the statewide vote following her primary victory in early June. That fell to 48% later that month, 46% in early July and 43% in late July. The 47% support she received in August represented the first time her support had increased since the primary. As with Reid, her numbers appear to have stabilized," the pollster explained.

When leaners are included in the new totals, Reid attracts 50% of the vote, while Angle picks up 47%. Two weeks ago, Angle held a small 50% to 48% edge over Reid among leaners.

The new poll found Angle is backed by 83% of Republicans while Reid is supported by 78% of Democrats in the state. The candidates are in a virtual tie among voters not affiliated with either major political party.

The poll also found most Nevada voters still don’t like either candidate as 25 percent view Reid very favorably but 43 percent view him very unfavorably. Some 18 percent say they view Angle very favorably while 38 percent say very unfavorably.

Angle picked up endorsements from National Right to Life and the Susan B. Anthony List pro-life groups after she won the Republican primary and Nevada Right to Life backed her as well.

“The State of Nevada is fortunate to have a champion of the unborn running for United States Senate against Harry Reid,” Jeremy McNeil, director of its PAC, told “While a state legislator, Sharron Angle consistently voted according to her pro-life convictions and sponsored significant pro-life legislation.”

“Sharron Angle and Harry Reid stand in stark contrast on the issue of abortion. While Harry Reid asserts he is pro-life, his actions belie his words,” McNeil said. “Reid has helped spearhead the Obama Administration’s radically pro-abortion agenda, including blocking an amendment to prevent the federal government from subsidizing health plans that cover abortion on demand and voting to fund the U.N. Population Fund, which has significant ties to government-coerced abortions in China.”

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