Due to many Americans’ disappointment with the Democrats’ policies, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) was expected to have a difficult time holding on to his seat in November. However, there are signs that this may be changing.
The government’s bailout of big banks and healthcare reform have outraged proponents of small government, causing Reid to sink in the polls for many months. However, he was instrumental in passing financial regulatory reform, which is popular with Nevadans, and he convinced the administration to cut all funding to Yucca Mountain, a project to house spent nuclear fuel in the state, which was opposed by most residents, according to Time magazine.
Reid’s numbers in the polls are in the low 40s, but the news source reports that the disarray in the state’s GOP race may give him a further advantage. The party’s representative Sue Lowden, who suggested that people might barter chickens for medical care, is trailing Sharron Angle, who is supported by the Tea Party groups, in the polls. Moreover, state party leaders, such as Senator John Ensign (R-Nev.), have been involved in sex scandals.
Still, Reid faces an uphill battle, and his opponents have some powerful names on their side, including former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. Earlier this spring, she campaigned in Reid’s hometown of Searchlight saying she hoped that the big government politics and the big spending promoted by the Democrats will come to an end in November, and that Nevada voters will "fire" Reid.