In 2008, Democrat Dina Titus was the hard-charging challenger looking to upend Republican Rep. Jon Porter, whom she criticized as losing touch with constituents in Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District.
Two years later it’s happening again.
Only now Titus is the vulnerable incumbent defending turf against Republican Joe Heck, who according to a new poll is in a statistical tie with the Democrat.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal/8NewsNow poll shows 43 percent of likely voters prefer Titus, 42 percent like Heck and 8 percent are undecided.
The Mason-Dixon Polling & Research survey of 400 voters has a 5 percent margin of error, meaning the race is a statistical tie with less than three months until the election.
David Wasserman, House editor for the nonpartisan Cook Political Report, said a tie is “a little misleading,” and actually represents an advantage for Heck.
“Typically a challenger gets the majority of the undecided bloc before the election,” Wasserman said. “If voters haven’t made up their mind to support Dina Titus now, it is unlikely they will before election day.”
Wasserman rated the race as a tossup, but added: “If that is what polls are showing the day before the election, the odds are Dina Titus is not coming back to Congress.”