The Rasmussen poll found that Reids vote share has dropped to 36 percent against Lowden and Tarkanian, from 43 percent in December. And his favorable rating remains upside down 55 percent view him unfavorably and 47 percent very unfavorably, while 41 percent view him favorably and 23 percent very favorably.
Ultimately, the health care debate is more likely than the racial gaffe to create ongoing headaches for Reid.
The Democratic-backed legislation is unpopular among a majority of Nevada voters. Just 39 percent of likely voters favor the Democrats health care plan, championed by Reid in the Senate, while 54 percent oppose it, Rasmussen found. The margin of error was 4.5 points.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.