Sunday, March 07, 2010
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Republican frontrunner Brain Sandoval now has an 18-point lead over Democrat Rory Reid in Nevadaís gubernatorial race.

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Nevada voters finds Reid, son of Senator Harry Reid, trailing Sandoval 53% to 35%. Seven percent (7%) prefer another candidate, while five percent (5%) are undecided.

Sandoval, a former Nevada attorney general and ex-U.S. District Court Judge, led Reid by 12 points - 45% to 33% - in Rasmussen Reportsí first look at the contest early last month.

Another GOP hopeful, North Las Vegas Mayor Mike Montandon, posts a 42% to 37% lead over Reid. In the previous survey, Reid led Montandon 40% to 36%. Thirteen percent (13%) like some other candidate, and eight percent (8%) are undecided.

But Reid still leads the state's unpopular incumbent Republican Governor Jim Gibbons, 44% to 36%, marking virtually no change from a month ago. Fifteen percent (15%) opt for someone else. Only four percent (4%) are undecided.

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Reidís father continues to face a difficult Senate reelection this year, due largely to his parties championing of an unpopular health care bill and a weakening state economy. Two of his Republican challengers have again crossed the 50% threshold and now hold double-digit leads in Nevadaís U.S. Senate race.

Nevada Republicans will pick their Senate and gubernatorial nominees in a June 8 primary.

Male voters prefer all three Republicans over Reid but by just three points when Gibbons is the candidate. Sandoval leads among female voters, too, but Reid has the edge among women over Gibbons and Montandon.