By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid might not be a dead man walking after all. Despite earlier polls showing him losing badly to Republican challengers, it appears too early to count him out. In fact, say allies, President Obama's chief Senate champion is riding some polling momentum. "Reid's numbers are improving while GOP candidates are suffering," says an adviser. "Momentum at the moment is on our side, but five months is a long time." [See where Reid is getting his campaign cash.]
In fact, Reid has seen his standings grow steadily in the polls that now show him either slightly ahead or slightly behind the leading Republican primary challengers, Las Vegas businessman and former University of Nevada Las Vegas basketball star Danny Tarkanian, businesswoman and former Nevada Republican Party Chairwoman Sue Lowden, and Tea Party candidate Sharron Angle. The latest Real Clear Politics collection of polls has one showing Reid with a 1 percent lead.
Now there is some frustration in the polling, however, because Reid's numbers haven't surged as much as those of his opponents have dropped. But working for the top Senate Democrat is the odd Nevada general election ballot that will have several candidates and even a "none of these candidates" option that some Reid associates say will win the votes of Nevadan's angry at Washington.