Poll: Tea Party could help Reid get re-elected

The Tea Party movement could end up helping one of its biggest enemies get re-elected, according to a new poll.

Majority Leader Harry Reid has consistently trailed both of his Republican opponents in head-to-head matchups, but a separate Tea Party candidate could split the conservative vote and help Reid squeak by to re-election, according to the Las Vegas Journal-Review survey.

In a hypothetical three-way race, Reid would garner 36% of the vote, compared to 32% for a GOP nominee and 18% for a Tea Party candidate

With no Tea Party candidate in the race, Reid lags behind his possible GOP opponents Sue Lowden and Danny Tarkanian by 13% and 11%, respectively. 

The Tea Party has filed paperwork to field a candidate in the race. Though no one has declared, many expect businessman John Ashjian to throw his hat in the ring.

The results highlight a big riff in the Tea Party movement: whether to support the Republican party or field third-party candidates.