Former Attorney General Adam Laxalt says his new lead in the Nevada Senate race is because voters are ‘fed up with Cortez Masto’ amid soaring gas prices, border crisis and increasing crime.
A new CNN poll has found that Laxalt, the Trump-backed candidate running in the state Senate race, has a two-point advantage over Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, 48% to 46%. Laxalt also leads among likely independent voters, receiving 47% of the party’s support over Masto, who clings to his seat with 42% support.
Despite falling behind in likely votes, Cortez Masto was the candidate most in favor of her GOP opponent, 45% to 39%.
“These polls capture what we’re seeing on the ground here in Nevada,” Laxalt told Fox News Digital on Friday. “Between soaring inflation, rising violent crime, the effects of an open border, and record high gas prices, Nevadans are tired of Cortez Masto being a 95% vote for Joe Biden. .
PAIN AT THE PUMP COULD CHANGE THE MID-TERM RESULT: ‘THIS ELECTION IS PROBABLY WON OR LOST AT THE PUMP’
“I am a former Navy and Iraq veteran and senior state law enforcement official. Nevadans of all political parties support my race because they know I will always put them first. We look forward to Cortez Masto’s campaign conceding defeat in November.”
The poll is in line with the average of Real Clear Politics polls in the race, which show Laxalt leading by about 2 percentage points. Cortez Masto did not respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment on the new polling data.
The economy and inflation were the most important issues for 44% of Nevada residents, while only 14% felt abortion was the issue of most concern, despite Cortez Masto using the topic as a point central to his campaign and published several advertisements lambasting his pro-life challenger. .
MID-TERM PROBLEMS FOR DEMOCRATS IN NEVADA MAY REFLECT NATIONAL ISSUES AS ECONOMY SUPPORTS GOP: NEW YORK TIMES
Economic issues were of utmost importance to 43% of Likely Independent voters and 64% of Republicans, but were of concern to only 26% of Democrats. According to the poll, 57% of Nevada residents think the economy is getting worse.
The poll found that 47% of likely voters said the country would be better off if Republicans took control of Congress in the midterm elections.
President Joe Biden received a 41% approval rating, compared to former GOP Chairman Donald Trump, who received a 49% approval rating at the same point in his presidency, just before the election in midterms of 2018. Among independent voters, 68% disapprove of Biden’s handling of the presidency.
GOP candidate Joe Lombardo has a 48% two-point lead in the Nevada gubernatorial race, over his Democratic challenger, Governor Steve Sisolak, who has 46% support. The Republican also leads among independent voters by 7 percentage points, 47% to 40%.
Republicans are ahead of Democrats among likely independent voters after several recent polls found independent voters in key midterm states are more aligned with Republicans in terms of midterm priorities.
CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP
The CNN survey was conducted among Nevada voters from September 26 through October 2, with a margin of error of plus or minus 4.7 percentage points.