Republican challenger Sharron Angle has now moved to a four-point lead over Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in Nevada’s bare-knuckles U.S. Senate race.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Nevada Voters shows Angle hitting the 50% mark for the first time since mid-August, while Reid earns 46% of the vote. Two percent (2%) prefer some other candidate in the race, and two percent (2%) more are undecided. (To see question wording, click here.)

This marks the widest gap between the two candidates since late June, but the race remains a Toss-Up in the Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 Senate Balance of Power rankings.

Just over a week ago, the race was virtually tied, with Reid at 48% and Angle at 47%. The two have been separated by a gap of three points or less since Reid came charging back in June with a series of blistering attack ads on Angle.

Jay Cost wrote this morning:

Since July, Harry Reid has clung to a very small lead in the Nevada Senate race, and has not managed to hit 50 percent in the RealClearPolitics average of polls. Now, two polls released in October show Republican challenger Sharron Angle with a small lead over Reid. CNN/Time has her up two points, 42-40. Fox News shows her up three, 49-46.

While anything is possible, I have a hard time seeing Reid pulling this one out. I think it will be close, but I think this election is ultimately a referendum on his performance in office, and his job approval numbers have been negative for some time.

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