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Harry Reid and the Point of No Return

More bad news for the embattled Senate majority leader.

2:00 PM, Jan 13, 2010 • By MATTHEW CONTINETTI
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The most closely watched Senate race in the country keeps getting worse for the Democrats. Harry Reid's years of partisanship and brass-knuckles politics is catching up with him. And when an incumbent becomes as unpopular as Reid, it's extremely hard for him to recover. Couldn't happen to a nicer guy. 

CQ Politics has the goods:

Another poll confirms that Senate Majority Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is starting 2010 in grave political danger. A Rasmussen Reports survey of likely voters conducted Jan. 11 found that Reid's vote share has dropped to 36 percent among two potential Republican challengers, from 43 percent in December.

Las Vegas Review-Journal poll released over the weekend found Reid's favorable rating had also dropped since December.

And more than half -- 55 percent -- of voters said they have closely followed the controversy over racial comments Reid made about President Barack Obama in 2008. Another 24 percent said they followed the story somewhat closely.

Reid now trails former state Republican party Chair Sue Lowden48 to 36 percent and real estate developer Danny Tarkanian (R) 50 to 36 percent. Reid would also lose to former state AssemblywomanSharron Angle (R) 44 to 40 percent if the election were held today. The margin of error was 4.5 percent.

Reid's favorable rating remains upside down -- 55 percent view him unfavorably, 47 percent very unfavorably, while 41 percent view him favorably, 23 percent very favorably.

The controversy over Reid's interview for Game Change doesn't help matters, to say the least. Reid is in danger of becoming a political embarrassment--Nevadans would rather not discuss him. He's also hurting other Nevada Democrats, including his son. Place your bets for when Reid pulls a Dodd and decides it's time to retire to the lucrative lobbying circuit.

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