Poll: Angle has slight edge over Reid among likely voters

Republican Sharron Angle maintains a slight edge over Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) in Nevada's Senate race, a new poll suggested Wednesday.

Forty-two percent of likely voters said they would vote for Angle, if the election were held today, while 40 percent would re-elect Reid, a Time/CNN poll found.

Tea Party candidate Scott Ashjian would get seven percent of the vote, and 10 percent of Nevadans would choose none of the above -- an actual option for Nevada voters.

The poll suggests that Reid and Angle are locked in a virtually tied battle in the state's Senate race, especially after polls earlier in the race had shown an initial advantage for Angle, which had then shifted in Reid's favor.

Republicans have made winning Reid's seat a top priority in their 2010 campaign efforts, looking to unseat the sitting Democratic leader in the Senate as they did in 2004, with Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.).

A major factor in the race is Ashjian, the Tea Party candidate who threatens to siphon off support from Angle, a favorite of conservative activists.

If Ashjian were to drop out, Angle would still maintain a 47-45 percent advantage over Reid, with seven percent of the voters opting for none of the above.

The poll, conducted Oct. 1-5, has a 3.5 percent margin of error.