Poll: Heller leads Rosen by 6 points in Nevada

Poll: Heller leads Rosen by 6 points in Nevada
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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 six-point lead among likely Nevada voters over Rep. Jacky RosenJacklyn (Jacky) Sheryl RosenLawmakers introduce legislation to improve cyber workforce funding Dem lawmakers accuse DHS, HHS of giving them misleading information on family separations This week: Barr back in hot seat over Mueller report MORE (D-Nev.), according to a new poll.

About 47 percent of likely voters support Heller in his bid for a second full term in the Senate, while 41 percent support Rosen, according to a new Ipsos poll released Wednesday in partnership with Reuters and the University of Virginia Center for Politics.

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Heller was seen as a vulnerable Republican Senator this year after Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonNevada Senate passes bill that would give Electoral College votes to winner of national popular vote 2020 Dems break political taboos by endorsing litmus tests Iowa Democrats brace for caucus turnout surge MORE won Nevada by about 2.5 points in 2016.

But polls this month have shown him building a lead, including an Emerson College poll showing him leading Rosen by 7 points.

The Cook Political Report rates the race as a “toss up.”  

About 50 percent of likely Nevada voters approve of the way President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rips Dems' demands, impeachment talk: 'Witch Hunt continues!' Nevada Senate passes bill that would give Electoral College votes to winner of national popular vote The Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi remains firm despite new impeachment push MORE is handling his job, while 49 percent disapprove, the Ipsos poll also showed.

Likewise, 49 percent of likely voters say they are motivated to support a candidate who will support Trump, while 50 percent say they are motivated to support a candidate who will oppose him.

Trump has actively supported Heller, calling him a “good friend.”

“Heading to Nevada to help a man who has become a good friend, Senator Dean Heller. He is all about #MAGA and I need his Help and Talent in Washington,” Trump tweeted Saturday.

Trump has also gone after Heller’s opponent, dubbing Rosen “Wacky Jacky.”

The poll also showed Republicans leading in the generic ballot test in Nevada, with 47 percent favoring a Republican candidate and 42 percent of likely voters favoring a Democrat. 

The poll surveyed 1,137 likely voters from Oct. 12-19 and has a credibility interval of +/- 3.3 percent.