Tarkanian Still Hopes to Score at the Buzzer

Posted May 30, 2010 at 6:10pm

LAS VEGAS – Businessman Danny Tarkanian may be trailing two of his Republican challengers in the race to take on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) this fall, but during campaign stops Sunday he said his ability to stay above the intraparty food fight could put him in the winner’s circle June 8.

“I think I’m in the greatest spot I can be,” Tarkanian said while campaigning at a Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Las Vegas. Later, he was scheduled to walk door to door in the Summerlin neighborhood of Las Vegas.

Tarkanian acknowledged that his two main competitors – former state GOP Chairwoman Sue Lowden and former state representative Sharron Angle – have him a bit outgunned, given Lowden’s personal ability to bankroll her bid and Angle’s recent influx of outside help from conservative groups such as the Club for Growth and the Tea Party Express.

But he said voters are upset with the attacks Lowden and Angle have been leveling at each other and that he could end up on top as a result.

“I’m not involved in that bashing,” he said.

However, the numbers have not been encouraging for Tarkanian, who was once Lowden’s top challenger before the Tea Party Express endorsed Angle. Lowden has been beset by a slew of negative press in the last month, but Tarkanian’s poll numbers have yet to jump because of it. Instead, Angle has been surging.

According to a recent Las Vegas Review-Journal poll, Lowden is still in position to win the primary with 30 percent of the vote, with Angle following close behind with 29 percent and Tarkanian at 23 percent.