PARTY LINES: Democrats lead, but races close, new poll shows
The November election is shaping up to be a close contest, according to a new poll from 8NewsNow and Emerson College.
According to polls, the incumbent US senator. Catherine Cortez Masto leads his Republican challenger, former attorney general Adam Laxalt, by 3.7 percentage points. Cortez Masto has 44.1%, Laxalt 40.4%, with 9.1% undecided. (Another 6.1% said “someone else”.)
The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.1 percentage points.
Govt. Steve Sisolak has a 3.2 percentage point lead over the Republican nominee and Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo, 43.6% to 40.4% respectively. Only 7.3% are undecided in this race. The lead comes even after voters gave Sisolak’s job performance a disappointing 39.9 percent approval rating.
In congressional races, where the margin of error reaches 4.3 percentage points in the poll, all Democratic incumbents are ahead of their Republican opponents, but not by much.
representing Dina Titus was 41.1% to Republican Mark Robertson’s 36.7%, a 4.4 percentage point gap and the biggest lead in Southern Nevada’s congressional races. At the other end of the spectrum, Rep. Susie Lee (with 41.8 percent) leads Republican april becker (39.7%) by just 2.1 percentage points.
representing Steven Horsford is even 3 points ahead of its Republican rival, Sat Stoneswith 41.7% to 38.7% respectively.
Incumbent Democrats are perhaps more concerned about a few other numbers revealed by the poll.
In the traditional right/wrong path question, 44.6% of voters chose the former, with 55.4% saying the country was on the wrong path. The economy was cited as the #1 issue (by 33.5% of respondents) and when asked what was to blame, 42.3% said the president Joe Bidenadministration.
Biden himself won a paltry 32.5% of voters in the poll. And facing his rival of 2020 donald trump – which Biden beat by 2.39% – Trump was ahead 43% to 40.1%. And in a game against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisBiden fared even worse, losing 42.8% to 38.4%.
The judge draws the ire of the police
The Metropolitan Police Department’s officers’ union, the Police Protective Association, was unhappy with comments from a district court judge best known for refusing a judge’s order to remove a ‘Black Lives’ lapel pin Matter” when practicing law as a public defender. .
The association appealed to the judge Erika Ballou to resign after telling a defendant in his courtroom that “you’re a black man in America, you know you don’t want to be anywhere the cops are.” The judge, who is black, later added, “I don’t want to be where the cops are because I don’t know if I’m going to make it out alive or not.”
On Friday, Lombardo joined the union in asking Ballou, elected in 2020, to leave the bench.
“Judge Ballou’s comments and courtroom conduct demonstrate a bias against law enforcement and stand in complete opposition to a fair and independent judiciary,” Lombardo said in a statement. “Today I call on Judge Ballou to resign, and I also call on Governor Sisolak to demand the resignation of Judge Ballou.”
As of press time, Sisolak had not taken Lombardo’s advice.
Go for the food, stay for the… food
Speaking of Lombardo, he will be attending the annual Basque Fry event in northern Nevada in August, a gathering of curators that features traditional Basque cuisine. The Nevada event was launched by Laxalt, who will also be speaking this year, along with previously announced attendees, US Sen. Ted CruzR-Texas, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts and former acting attorney general in the Trump administration Matthew Whitaker.
But seriously, try the food.
SEIU Local 1107 endorsed Horsford’s re-election to Congressional District 4, saying, “Congressman Horsford has always been an ally and friend of SEIU Local 1107. He experienced hardships growing up that instilled in him a dedication and devotion to the unions and to working families in Nevada. … The Nevada Conservation League endorsed the general election, backing all Democrats with the notable exception of Republican Henderson Melissa Hardy in Assembly District 22.
“(Rep. Liz) Cheney, (R-Wyo.) is America’s most prominent politician right now. — Dimitri Mehlhornpolitical strategist and adviser to the co-founder of LinkedIn Reid Hoffmana Democratic donor who donated to Cheney because of her role as vice chair of the Jan. 6 commission.