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Sandoval dismantling Harry Reid’s son in NV Gov race.

By: Rasmussen Reports Republican Brian Sandoval continues to far outdistance Democrat Rory Reid in the race to be Nevada’s next governor. The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Voters shows Sandoval, a former federal judge and state attorney general, now leading Reid by 19 points with 56% of the vote. Reid, chairman of the Clark County Board of Commissioners, earns 37% support. Two percent (2%) prefer some other candidate, while four percent (4%) are undecided.  (To see question wording, clickhere.) The race remains Solid GOP in the Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 Gubernatorial Scorecard. Last week, Sandoval held a 55% to 40% lead.  Sandoval has consistently led Reid in surveys dating back to February, with support ranging from 45% to 58%. Reid in those same surveys has captured 31% to 40% of the vote. Sandoval draws support from 89% of Republicans in Nevada, but only 71% of Democrats favor Reid. The GOP candidate holds a 22-point lead over Reid among voters not affiliated with either major political party. The survey of 750 Likely Voters in Nevada was conducted on October 17, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology. Reid’s father, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and his Republican challenger Sharron Angle remain locked in a tight race for the U.S. Senate in Nevada in the first survey following their debate last Thursday night. Sandoval and Reid have engaged in two debates so far, and nearly half the state’s voters (47%) say they find debates to be generally informative. Thirty-six percent (36%) think political debates are generally useless. Another 17% are not sure. Only five percent (5%) of Nevada voters view the economy as good, while 64% rate it as poor. Twenty-six percent (26%) say it’s getting better, but 49% say it’s getting worse. Seventy-two percent (72%) of those who say the economy is getting better support Reid. Eighty percent (80%) of the larger group that feels things are worsening favor Sandoval. Twenty percent (20%) of voters in the state consider themselves members of the tea Party, slightly higher than involvement nationwide.  Seventy-three percent (73%) say they are not members. Sandoval has the support of 92% of Tea Party members. Non-members break almost evenly between the two candidates. Sixty percent (60%) of Nevada voters share a favorable opinion of Sandoval, including 28% who view him Very Favorably. Thirty-five percent (35%) share an unfavorable opinion of Sandoval, including 19% who view him Very Unfavorably. For Reid, favorables are 42% and unfavorables are 54%. While 20% view the Democrat Very Favorably, 39% view him Very Unfavorably. Current Governor Jim Gibbons lost to Sandoval in a five-way GOP primary contest in June. Just 42% of the state’s voters approve of the job he is doing.  Fifty-six percent (56%) disapprove of Gibbons’ job performance.

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