(Phillip Stucky, The Daily Caller) Republican Senate candidate Joe Heck has reversed a slight deficit against Senator Harry Reid-backed former Nevada Secretary of State Catherine Masto into a two point lead in a new poll published Monday.
The Monmouth University poll asked over 400 likely voters in Nevada for their views on the local election, as well as the national election. Representative Joe Heck led Masto 42 to 40 percent. Both candidates are strong within their party base, with Heck earning 81 percent of Republican support, and Masto earning 83 percent of Democratic support. The poll concludes that both candidates can improve their numbers by appealing to party base.
Party membership appears to be a significant factor in this race as well, according to the poll, since both candidates have very low name recognition scores: Forty-four (44) percent of likely voters have no opinion of Heck, while 55 percent have no opinion of Masto. Both candidates leave substantial money on the table, with 18 percent taking other options. The Independent American Party candidate Tom Jones earned 5 percent of the vote, 6 percent chose “none of these candidates,” and 7 percent of respondents remain undecided.
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