Some encouraging news today out of Nevada:
Nevadans seem to agree that now is not the time to impeach President Donald Trump.
That’s according to a Suffolk University/Reno Gazette Journal poll released Tuesday, which found nearly 60 percent of respondents did not think the U.S. House should seriously consider ousting the president. Nearly 36 percent favored impeachment, while 5 percent remained undecided.
The poll of 500 likely general election voters in Nevada is the second Suffolk/RGJ survey released in as many months. The latest poll, like the first, revealed statistical ties in the state’s marquee races for governor and U.S. Senate. Democrats in those races lead their Republican opponents by no more than a few percentage points, well within the poll’s 4.4 percent margin of error.
“This is our second straight Nevada poll that shows a deadlock in the Senate race and a daunting challenge for the Democratic and Republican nominees,” said David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center in Boston. “The people who will swing this election are the people least connected to party politics: third-party voters, undecideds, and those who are saying today that they will go to the polls and select ‘none of these candidates.’”
The poll was conducted Sept. 5-10 with 194 Democrats, 182 Republicans and 99 nonpartisans. Nearly two thirds of respondents were from Clark County, the state’s largest population hub, and a similar percentage self-identified as white.
September's poll shows Democrat Steve Sisolak now holds a 2 percentage point advantage over Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt in Nevada's hard-fought governor's race. Laxalt had less than a 1 percentage point lead over Sisolak in July’s survey.
About 4 percent of those polled said they were leaning toward, or planned to vote for, independent governor candidate Ryan Bundy, son of famed rogue rancher Cliven Bundy. Libertarian candidate Jared Lord picked up another 5 percent of those polled in the governor's race.
Losing a combined 9 percent of potential Republican voters to a third party candidate could spoil Laxalt's electoral chances in a tight race, though the GOP nominee has repeatedly said he's focused on Sisolak ahead of November's election.
About 15 percent of polled voters remain undecided about candidates in the governor's race.
Democrat Jacky Rosen, the first-term congresswoman from Henderson, edged out Republican incumbent Dean Heller by less than a percentage point in the state’s highly scrutinized U.S. Senate race. Heller, like Laxalt, enjoyed a narrow lead over his Democratic opponent in the poll conducted a few months ago.
Rosen's bid to oust Heller, who is seen as the most vulnerable GOP senator up for re-election in November, counts as one of the nation's most contentious, closely watched Senate races. A steady stream of outside money and media attention has only ramped up the rancor, fueling a flood of TV ads attacking Rosen's limited voting record and Heller's shifting stances on health care.
About 9 percent of polled voters remain undecided about candidates in the Senate race.
The poll gives Lt. Governor nominee, Kate Marshall (D. NV) and Attorney General nominee, Aaron Ford (D. NV), narrow leads as well. Like the last U.S. Senate race in Nevada, it’s going to be close all the way to Election Day. We can make some big gains here but we need to be ready. Click below to donate and get involved with Rosen, Sisolak and their fellow Nevada Democrats campaigns: