Politics

Angle leads Reid in new poll of Nevada Senate race

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Alexis Levinson
Political Reporter

Republican Sharron Angle has pulled ahead in the Nevada Senate race, according a Rasmussen poll released today.

Since mid-July, polls have shown Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid leading by up to three points. But the latest Rasmussen poll shows Angle ahead by four points: Angle is polling 50 percent, while Reid trails with 46 percent.

A CNN and Time Magazine released earlier this week showed Angle leading Reid 42 percent to 40 percent.

The Rasmussen poll comes in the wake of an audio tape that was released of Angle asking Scott Ashjian, the Tea Party of Nevada candidate, to drop out the race and support her, promising him access to Washington power players in exchange. In the recording, she also criticizes the “machine in the Republican party,” saying, “Republicans have lost their standards, they’ve lost their principles.” Despite the poor publicity of the released audio tape, Angle looks to be gaining momentum over Reid, who is highly unpopular in the state.

The Rasmussen poll also shows 2 percent of voters say they plan to vote for “some other candidate” while 2 percent list themselves as “unsure.” Nevadans  have the option to cast a vote for “none of these candidates” on the ballot.