Reid Raises Another $2 Million

Posted October 13, 2009 at 4:03pm

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is hoping money can buy him love in Nevada. The four-term incumbent added another $2 million in receipts to his warchest as he prepares for re-election in 2010, his campaign announced Tuesday, giving him $12 million total in receipts for the election cycle and $8.7 million cash on hand.

Poll results from Mason Dixon and the Las Vegas Review-Journal over the weekend show that those millions could come in handy in what is shaping up to be the toughest race of his career. Reid continues to trail two relatively unknown Republican candidates — former state Sen and former Republican party Chairwoman Sue Lowden and real estate developer Danny Tarkanian — and half of the voters polled said they held a negative opinion of their senior senator, compared with 38 percent who view him favorably.

Neither Lowden nor Tarkanian have released third-quarter fundraising numbers. Lowden, who has personal wealth from the casino industry, officially launched her campaign Oct. 1, a day after the close of the third quarter, though she’d been raising money via an exploratory committee before that.