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White House, Senate races very close in Nevada

Posted at 1:51 PM, Sep 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-12 22:23:50-04

The presidential and U.S. Senate races are very tight in Nevada, according to a new poll obtained by KTNV.

The survey, conducted for Project New America by the Democratic-leaning firm, Public Policy Polling, found Hillary Clinton up 3 points, 45-42, and Catherine Cortez Masto up just 1, 42-41. Both deficits are within the survey’s 3.4 percent margin of error (815 people surveyed through a combination of landlines and Internet last week).

The results (here is the poll and the memo) echo what other recent surveys have found, including a new Wall Street Journal-Marist-NBC News poll. The PPP poll has 19 percent Hispanics and a 5-point Democratic voter edge, both of which seem reasonable for November.

Trump is losing by 71-22 among Latinos while Heck is doing significantly better at 59-33. None of the four candidates is above water when it comes to favorable/unfavorable ratings:

Clinton: 40-55

Trump: 38-55

Cortez Masto: 37-41

Heck: 39-45

"Once again, Nevada is playing a pivotal role in this election and determining the direction our nation will take post-November," said Jill Hanauer, president of Project New America, a Democratic-leaning research and strategy company that has done extensive work in Nevada since 2008.

She is right. Nevada will matter in both the race for the White and House and for control of the U.S. Senate.