Poll: Nevadans want Reid gone

A plurality of his home state's voters think it's time to elect someone else to the Senate majority leader's seat.

Published May 19, 2009 4:25PM (EDT)

Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev. may be the Senate majority leader, but that doesn't seem to impress his constituents much. 

In a new poll, conducted by Mason-Dixon for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, a plurality of Nevadans -- 45 percent -- said that if the 2010 election were held today, they'd "definitely" vote to replace Reid in the Senate. 35 percent of respondents said they'd vote for him, while 17 percent said they'd consider it.

This isn't exactly good news for Reid, especially when coupled with his low favorability rating: 50 percent of Nevadans said their opinion of him is unfavorable, compared to 38 percent who said they have a favorable opinion of the senator.

But there is one bright spot for the majority leader: So far, there's no one in the GOP who's moving to take advantage of the situation. Politico's Alex Isenstadt reported last week that "the chances that he'll face a heavyweight Republican opponent with enough resources to unseat him are growing more remote by the day" -- there's just no serious challenger out there. Still, that's not to say the GOP won't try, especially considering the party's recent history of success in this area; in 2004, a Republican challenger unseated then-Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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