Grassroots fiscal conservatives pick Angle for U.S. Senate and Gibbons for governor - again


Grassroots fiscal conservatives in Nevada have spoken and this is what they had to say: send Sharron Angle to Washington as the state's new U.S. senator and re-elect Gov. Jim Gibbons.

That's according to an on-line survey organized by one of the leading Tea Party aligned groups, "Action is Brewing," who worked with other like-minded groups to distribute the poll.

The results of the straw poll-like survey of more than 200 people described as "grassroots fiscal conservatives" were posted Friday at conservativecats.com for races up and down the ticket.

Debbie Landis, the leader of Action is Brewing, said the groups believe "this joint effort is absolutely representative of grassroots support for candidates and how that support will reflect in the polls."

But she cautions the results aren't meant to be endorsements, but simply a reflection of the support for candidates who have been "taxpayer tested and grassroots approved."


Here are highlights from the full ballot results, which included votes not just for Republicans, but for some independent and Democratic Party candidates:

In the U.S. Senate race, Angle won 26.2 percent support, followed by investment banker John Chachas with 23.3 percent and Bill Parson, a former Marine, with 14.8 percent. All of them are Republicans. The other leading GOP contenders in the race, according to most polls, didn't do very well with GOP front-runner Sue Lowden getting 5.2 percent support and Danny Tarkanian picking up 11.4 percent. The Democratic incumbent, U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, got one of the 210 votes cast, while the Tea Party of Nevada candidate, Scott Ashjian, who has been called a fake by the conservative movement, won four votes.

In the governor's race, Gibbons ran away with the prize, tallying 39.6 percent support, following by Michael Montandan with 26.5 percent and Brian Sandoval with 14.9 percent. All are Republicans.

In Congressional District 1, Michele Fiore won 28.5 percent support, followed by Craig Lake with 14.4 percent and Joseph Tatner at 6.7 percent. Those Republicans are vying for the GOP nomination and the chance to face Democratic incumbent Rep. Shelley Berkley in the Nov. 2 general election. Berkley picked up one vote. And a healthy 34.8 percent had "no response."

In Congressional District 2, incumbent Rep. Dean Heller killed the competition, winning 67.6 percent support.

In Congressional District 3, Republican Joe Heck dominated with 56.5 percent support, while the Democratic incumbent Rep. Dina Titus got a big donut hole. But 24.2 percent had "no response."