President Obama is stretching his lead to 9 percentage points in Nevada and Rep. Shelley Berkley is up 4 over Sen. Dean Heller in a new Public Policy Polling survey taken for the League of Conservation Voters.
The survey, which you can see below and was taken last week of 501 likley voters, shows Obama up 52-43 and Berkley up 48-44. Those numbers are even greater for the president than other public polls and Berkley's lead will come as a surprise considering other results.
Three sources have now confirmed that Mitt Romney raised $2 million at his Red Rock Resort fundraiser Friday in Las Vegas.
The event, which included $2,500 to $25,000 donor levels, was the second $2 million payday for Romney in Vegas. The first was at Donald Trump's place in May.
So even if Romney loses the state, it's been good to him -- add the $4 million to whatever Sheldon Adelson has donated under cover of a c4.
Maybe he needs to blow some cash in Vegas and get some R & R before the big Denver debate a week from Wednesday.
Whatever the reason, President Obama is coming to Las Vegas on Sunday, according to an email from Obama For America's Nevada political director, Mariela Hernandez:
The Democrats have extended their registration lead to about 65,000 voters over the Republicans, continuing an inexorable stretching of a lead that could make the difference in November in critical races.
There have been a lot of pieces written recently about the disconnect between Nevada’s terrible economy and President Obama’s lead in the polls here.
It went more than two and a half hours, with many candidates for legislative offices dodging basic questions and Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak making people wonder why Barry Herr is running against him (Herr all but endorsed the incumbent). But when the Midbar Kodesh Temple candidates night got to the federal races, there was real news. Well, sort of.
A quick roundup:
The L.A. Times' Mark Z. Barabak, who may know as much about this state as any national reporter, sojourned in Reno recently and came away with some thoughts about the paradox of the depressed economy and the depressed Mitt Romney vote:
In a decision that came down Friday, and was first reported by Vegas, Inc's Steve Green, a judge shredded a case brought by those slot parlors that have fought against a Clark County ordinance.
Judge Kent Dawson thoroughly rejected the various claims made by Dotty's, inlcuding due process and equal protection.
If you are interested in this ongoing political and legal saga, I have posted the decision here.
Moderator: “Good evening and welcome to the first U.S. Senate debate between Senator Dean Heller and Congresswoman Shelley Berkley.”
Man shouts from audience: “Go get him, Shelley! I want him gone.”
Moderator: “Senator Reid, you really must try to control yourself. My first question goes to the congresswoman: Senator Heller says you are the most unethical and corrupt person he has ever met. Your reaction?”
Rep. Shelley Berkley will answer questions tonight at a candidates forum that also will include both candidates for a competitive congressional seat -- Rep. Joe Heck and Speaker John Oceguera.
Sen. Dean Heller is not attending for what his campaign says are personal reasons.