Republican Brian Sandoval earns his highest level of support yet against his Democratic challenger, Rory Reid, in the race to be Nevada’s next governor.
A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in the state finds Sandoval receiving 58% of the vote to Reid’s 33%. Two percent (2%) prefer some other candidate, while seven percent (7%) are not sure.
Sandoval, a former federal judge and state attorney general, has consistently held a modest lead over Reid, son of Senate House Majority Leader Harry Reid. In surveys dating back to early February, support for Sandoval has ranged from 45% to 58%. In those same surveys, Reid has earned anywhere from 31% to 40% of the vote. Early last month,Â Sandoval led Reid 52% – 36%.
This race switches to Solid GOP on theÂ Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 Gubernatorial Scorecard.
When leaners are included in the new totals, Sandoval attracts 60% of the vote, while Reid picks up 36%. This is the second Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 survey of the Nevada governor race to include leaners. In August, Sandoval held a 55% to 40% advantage over Reid with leaners included.
Leaners are those who initially indicate no preference for either of the candidates but answer a follow-up question and say they are leaning towards a particular candidate.
Early in any campaign, the numbers without leaners are generally more significant. Later in a campaign, the numbers with leaners matter more. After Labor Day, Rasmussen Reports will report the numbers with leaners as the primary indicators of the campaign.
Sandoval earns support from 93% of Republican voters in the state, while Reid is favored by 65% of Democrats. Among voters not affiliated with either party, Sandoval tops Reid 58% to 27%.
The survey of 750 Likely Voters in Nevada was conducted on September 1, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.