Sandoval Maintains “Solid” Lead In Nevada Governor’s Race

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, Sandoval led Reid 52% – 36%.

This race switches to Solid GOP on the 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.

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