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Poll Shows Porter in Tie With Democrat

A new poll shows Rep. Jon Porter (R-Nev.) and Democrat Dina Titus running dead even as the campaign enters its final stretch. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported on Saturday that Porter and Titus each captured 44 percent in a poll conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling and Research. The telephone poll of 400 likely voters was conducted Tuesday and Wednesday, and has a 5-point margin of error. Matt Leffingwell, a spokesman for Porter, suggested the lawmaker was aware that Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) could drive up the Democratic vote in Nevada’s 3rd district. “He is working day and night on the phone and in the streets to make sure his supporters get to the polls,” Leffingwell told the Review-Journal, noting that Democrats enjoy a 39,395-voter registration advantage over Republicans in the district. Two years ago, Porter beat Democrat Tessa Hafen by 3,961 votes when the registration advantage for Democrats was only 1,807. Titus spokesman Andrew Stoddard said the poll results show voters are turned off by Porter’s “negative and misleading campaign,” the Review-Journal reported. In a similar poll three weeks ago, Porter had a 3-point lead. “At a time when the district faces serious problems, Porter has offered no solutions,” Stoddard said. “Dina’s message of change is resonating with voters because she has real ideas to bring the change we need and take Nevada in a new direction.” Porter’s campaign has been running ads pointing out Titus’ votes on taxes during her 20-year legislative career, according to the Review-Journal. Leffingwell told the paper that Porter may have picked up support from independents and others because he supported the financial bailout at a time when many Republicans voted no. His vote shows he is willing to work with the other party when it is in the country’s best interest, he added. In Nevada’s 2nd district, Mason-Dixon found Rep. Dean Heller (R) leading Democrat Jill Derby, 50 percent to 37 percent. The poll of 400 likely voters had a 5-point margin of error.

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