The Kavanaugh effect in Nevada: Something, or nothing?

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(C-SPAN screen shot)
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Brett Kavanaugh sparring with senators during his confirmation hearing.(C-SPAN screen shot)

Less than a month away from the November election, yet another poll shows candidates in Nevada’s top races in a dead heat.

If the election was today, 46 percent of likely voters said they would vote for U.S. Sen. Dean Heller while 44 percent would choose U.S. Rep. Jacky Rosen, according to an NBC/Marist poll released Tuesday. Only 4 percent are undecided.

For governor, 46 would vote for current Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt while 45 percent would go with Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak — 6 percent are undecided.

The poll of 929 adults was conducted between Sept. 30 and Oct 3 — near the height of the political battle over Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, but ending before his Senate confirmation on Oct. 6. At least for the time period polled, however, the results suggest the confirmation fight may not be as pressing of an issue in Nevada as some factored.

According to the poll, 38 percent of Nevada voters said they would be more likely to support a candidate who supported Kavanaugh’s nomination, and 41 percent said they would be more likely to support a candidate who opposed the nomination. Another 18 percent of respondents said the Kavanaugh saga didn’t matter to their vote.

His hearings sparked national outrage after a high school classmate alleged that Kavanaugh attacked her at a gathering in 1982, held her down and attempted to remove her clothing before she escaped. The questions about Kavanaugh only escalated when he delivered fiery partisan testimony to the committee, and accused Democrats of maligning him because they wanted “revenge on behalf of the Clintons.”

Michael Lyle
Michael Lyle (MJ to some) has been a journalist in Las Vegas for eight years.  He started his career at View Neighborhood News, the community edition of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. During his seven years with the R-J, he won several first place awards from the Nevada Press Association and was named its 2011 Journalist of Merit. He left the paper in 2017 and spent a year as a freelance journalist accumulating bylines anywhere from The Washington Post to Desert Companion. While he covers a range of topics from homelessness to the criminal justice system, he gravitates toward stories about race relations and LGBTQ issues. Born and mostly raised in Las Vegas, Lyle graduated from UNLV with a degree in Journalism and Media Studies. He is currently working on his master's in Communications through an online program at Syracuse University. In his spare time, Lyle cooks through Ina Garten recipes in hopes of one day becoming the successor to the Barefoot Contessa throne. When he isn’t cooking (or eating), he also enjoys reading, running and re-watching episodes of “Parks and Recreation.” He is also in the process of learning kickboxing.

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