Nevada Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto has overtaken Republican Adam Laxalt in a crucial midterm U.S. Senate race on the back of growing numbers of women voters and those concerned about abortion rights, a Suffolk University poll shows. Reno Gazette Journal on likely voters in the Silver State midterm election.
Masto (45%) edged Laxalt (38%) by seven points in the race, which is among the few to watch closely as they could decide the balance of power in the Senate. Libertarian Neil Scott, Independent Barry Lindemann and Independent American Party candidate Barry Rubinson combined for 3%, while 3% chose Nevada’s “none of these candidates” ballot option and 12% were undecided. This is the first public poll listing all certified official candidates on the Nevada ballot.
“Catherine Cortez Masto weathered the scorching days of summer by turning a three-point deficit in April into a seven-point advantage today,” said David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center in Boston. “She’s accomplished that with dramatic improvements among women and white voters.”
On the women’s side, Cortez Masto now leads by 23 points, 53% to 30%, from a six-point lead in April ahead of the Nevada party primaries. Among white voters, Cortez Masto trails 45% to 42%, but in April his deficit was more pronounced when Laxalt led 55% to 31%.
The top four issues according to the poll were inflation/economy (34%), abortion (13%), voter fraud (11%) and education (10%). Among those most concerned about the economy, Laxalt led Masto 60-21%, while among those most concerned about abortion, Masto led 79%-11%.