When Harry Met Sue: The Nevada Senate Race by Gregory Hilton

Rep. Dean Heller(R-NV) has decided not to challenge Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) in 2010, but a poll out today gives former State Sen. Sue Lowden a 6 point lead. What is most significant is that only 39% of likely voters approve of Reid and he has high negatives. Unlike the past, he is no longer viewed as a moderate. This is certain to be one of the most prominent races of the 2010 cycle.
With numbers like this it is difficult to image how Reid will be re-elected. In the past he used conservative rhetoric in Nevada despite a liberal voting record in DC. As Majority Leader it is now difficult for him to run away from his record.
Lowden is not yet committed to the race, but with Rep. Heller’s withdrawal today the pressure is really on her. In addition to her service in the State Senate, Lowden was Miss New Jersey 1973 and second runner-up in the Miss America pageant.
After touring with Bob Hope and the USO in places like Vietnam and earning a Master’s degree from Farleigh Dickinson University, she went on to spend 10 years as a reporter and anchorwoman in Las Vegas. She and her husband Paul are the former owners of the Sahara hotel-casino, and she is now the Chairman of the Nevada Republican Party.

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