Poll shows Heller with 7-point lead in Nevada

Poll shows Heller with 7-point lead in Nevada

Sen. Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerThis week: Barr back in hot seat over Mueller report Trump suggests Heller lost reelection bid because he was 'hostile' during 2016 presidential campaign Trump picks ex-oil lobbyist David Bernhardt for Interior secretary MORE (R-Nev.) holds a 7-point lead in his reelection bid against Rep. Jacky RosenJacklyn (Jacky) Sheryl RosenKey endorsements: A who's who in early states Female senators hatch plan to 'shame' Senate into voting faster Lawmakers introduce legislation to improve cyber workforce funding MORE (D) ahead of next month's Senate election, according to a poll released Monday.

The Emerson College poll found that Heller, one of the most vulnerable GOP incumbents, leads Rosen 48 percent to 41 percent among likely voters.

Neither candidate has a favorable approval rating overall, the poll found. Forty-two percent of voters view Heller favorably, while 46 percent view him unfavorably.

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By comparison, 44 percent hold a favorable opinion of Rosen, while 45 percent hold an unfavorable opinion.

The poll surveyed 625 likely voters from Oct. 10-12, and has a margin of error of 4.2 percentage points.

The same Emerson poll found that Republican gubernatorial hopeful Adam Laxalt leads Democrat Steve Sisolak (D), 46 percent to 41 percent, with 11 percent of likely voters surveyed still undecided.

The two candidates are vying to replace Gov. Brian Sandoval (R), who is not eligible for reelection because of term limits.

The Nevada race is among a handful of key elections that will determine control of the Senate.

Monday's poll showed Heller with a larger lead than others in the race. A RealClearPolitics average of polls in the election shows the incumbent with a 1.7 percentage point lead.

The Cook Political Report, a nonpartisan election forecaster, rates the Nevada race as a "toss-up."

President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew EPA rule would expand Trump officials' powers to reject FOIA requests Democratic senator introduces bill to ban gun silencers Democrats: Ex-Commerce aide said Ross asked him to examine adding census citizenship question MORE has already made multiple appearances in Nevada to boost Heller, and is scheduled to return to the state on Saturday for a campaign rally.