Cortez Masto leads GOP’s Laxalt in hopeful sign for Dems: Suffolk poll

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U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., is surrounded by supporters as she attends a campaign event at a Mexican restaurant Friday, Aug. 12, 2022, in Las Vegas.

In Nevada, incumbent Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto leads her Republican opponent, Adam Laxalt, by seven percentage points (45%-38%), according to a new poll conducted by Suffolk University and the Reno Gazette-Journal.

Cortez Masto’s latest polling numbers are a significant voter swing in her favor. In April, in a hypothetical matchup prior to winning the Nevada Republican primary, Laxalt led Cortez Masto by 3 percentage points (43%-40%) according to a previous poll also conducted by Suffolk University and the Reno Gazette-Journal. 

The nonpartisan Cook Political Report rates the Nevada Senate race as a toss-up election that could determine control of the Senate. The poll’s findings come as eyebrows raise within the Republican Party over the quality and electability of GOP candidates in purple swing states. 

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