Republican Brian Sandoval holds just a 10-point lead now over Democrat Rory Reid in Nevada’s race for governor, according to the latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in the state. It’s the closest the contest has been to date.
The GOP former judge now earns 50% of the vote, while Reid picks up 40%, his best so far this year. Six percent (6%) prefer some other candidate, and four percent (4%) more are undecided.
Earlier this month, Sandoval led Reid by 21 points, 57% to 36%.
Since early March, support for Sandoval has remained in the narrow range of 53% to 57%. In that same period, Reid has gotten 31% to 36% support.
Reid, the son of Democratic Senate Majority leader Harry Reid, has downplayed his political lineage, refraining from mentioning his last name in political ads and avoiding public appearances with his father.
The elder Reid has edged ahead of Republican Sharron Angle in his bid for reelection to the Senate from Nevada, a contest between two candidates viewed as extremists by large numbers of voters. Nevada is now rated Leans Democrat in the Rasmussen Reports Senate Balance of Power rankings.
The survey of 750 Likely Voters in Nevada was conducted on July 27, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.