The Washington Times - October 7, 2010, 05:11PM

It’s been a mixed week for Sharron Angle, but it’s ending on a high note. A Rasmussen Reports poll released Thursday shows her four points ahead of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in their hotly contested Senate race.

What’s more, the Republican Angle hit the 50 percent mark for the first time since August. The survey of likely Nevada voters found her leading 50 to 46 percent.


The race has been tied or virtually tied for weeks, with Mrs. Angle usually trailing Mr. Reid by one or two points. The poll comes after she received the endorsement of the state’s largest newspaper, the Las Vegas Review-Journal, which hasn’t been shy to criticize Mr. Reid in the past.

But the survey was also conducted after a rough patch for the Angle campaign. Tea Party of Nevada candidate Scott Ashjian released last week a tape he secretly made of a conversation with Mrs. Angle in which she asks him to drop out of the race. Angle critics immediately blasted her for trying to make a deal, Harry Reid-style.

Mr. Ashjian, who’s been accused of entering the race to boost the Reid campaign, refused to exit, but even if he had, it’s too late. A judge also ruled Wednesday that it’s too late to take his name off the ballot because some have already been mailed to military personnel overseas.