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August 27, 2008

Reid: Dems Ahead In 5 States

DENVER, Colorado -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told The Scorecard today that his party leads in five Republican-held competitive Senate races. The Nevada Democrat would not speculate on how many seats the party will ultimately gain in November, but he guaranteed at least some growth for his caucus.

"If the election were held today, we would win in New Hampshire, Virginia, Colorado, New Mexico and Alaska," Reid said. "We're competitive in six more [races], so we're going to pick up some seats. I don't know how many."

Reid, who will face voters in 2010, said he isn't concerned about his own political position just yet, even as a poll conducted for the Las Vegas Review-Journal showed a majority of Nevadans view his job performance negatively. The survey, conducted by Washington-based Mason-Dixon two weeks ago, showed 43% said Reid is doing an excellent or good job, while 56% say he's doing a fair or poor job.

"My numbers are okay. I wish they were better," Reid said. "Frankly, they're about what they've always been."

"I'm just going to continue doing my job. I'm not much of a pollster or polling guy," he said.

When Reid faces re-election in two years, he voiced optimism that three Democratic women will be running for re-election alongside him. Rep. Shelley Berkley occupies a safe Democratic seat in Las Vegas, while State Senator Dina Titus faces off against Republican Rep. Jon Porter and former state Democratic Party chair Jill Derby is running against Rep. Dean Heller for the second consecutive election cycle.

"It's very likely this year we will send three Democratic women to Congress from Nevada," he said. "Jill Derby's going to win, Shelley Berkley's already there, and it appears very clear that Dina Titus is going to win in the Second Congressional District."

Many Nevada political observers say Reid is especially interested in the race between Porter and Titus, as he views the three-term Republican as perhaps his strongest potential challenger for the Senate seat.