R-J polling closely tracked the rapidly changing minds of GOP voters


It was a volatile primary season on the GOP side of the U.S. Senate race. Over the months the momentum swung from solid backing for casino executive Sue Lowden to arch-conservative former Assemblywoman Sharron Angle. This we knew because those much maligned and debated Mason-Dixon Polling and Research polls commissioned by the Review-Journal told us so.

On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of this past week, Mason-Dixon took one last round of calls and the paper reported the results on Sunday. Things were changing so rapidly, I feared the actual poll results might swing yet again, especially with 13 percent undecided, up from the previous week's 8 percent.

Our poll placed Angle at 32 points. With some precincts yet to be counted, Angle had 40 percent. Lowden polled 23 points this past week, but at last count had 26 points. Danny Tarkanian slipped from 24 points to 23.

In the governor's Republican primary, the poll had Brian Sandoval with 47 points, but after the 12 undecided made up their minds Sandoval picked up 56 percent. Gov. Jim Gibbons polled 33 points and got 27. Mike Montandon polled 6 points but got 12 percent of votes.