Poll: Reid maintains lead in Nevada Senate race

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) maintains a narrow edge over his Republican challenger Sharron Angle, according to a new Rasmussen poll out Wednesday. 

The poll has Reid ahead of Angle by two points — 45 percent to 43 percent — with 7 percent preferring another candidate and 4 percent still undecided. 

The poll surveyed 750 likely voters and has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 4 percentage points.

A large part of the story continues to be the high unfavorable numbers for both candidates. A full 48 percent of respondents said they have a “very unfavorable” view of Reid, while 41 percent said the same about Angle. 

Overall, Rasmussen said 55 percent have at least a somewhat unfavorable opinion of Reid, and 56 percent view Angle at least somewhat unfavorably.

Given the recent polling trend out of the state, Rasmussen shifted the Nevada Senate race from the “toss-up” category to “leans Democratic” Wednesday. 

“While Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is barely ahead of challenger Sharron Angle, the fact that he has the advantages of incumbency and that Barack Obama won the state by 12 percentage points helps tip the balance towards the incumbent,” Rasmussen wrote.