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Both Sides Happy with Senate Poll Results

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LAS VEGAS -- A new 8 News NOW/Review-Journal poll shows Nevada Senator Dean Heller and Representative Shelley Berkley are tied in their race for Senate. Six hundred registered voters were asked who they would vote for if the election was held today, and the poll has something for both sides.

Democratic Congresswoman Berkley wins this poll in a 1 percent squeaker, but within the 4 percent margin of error. But Republican Senator Heller can point to high support among crucial independent voters.

The poll done with UNLV's Cannon Center has Berkley in the lead 44.4 percent to Heller's 43.2 percent. The race is for the Senate seat formerly held by John Ensign before Heller was appointed to the seat after Ensign's resignation.

The congresswoman's campaign welcomed the poll numbers, saying the more Nevadans learn about Heller, the lower his poll numbers go.

"Nevada is going to have a clear choice between Shelley Berkley's commitment to create jobs and fighting for the middle class and Dean Heller, who's focused on killing Medicare by turning it over to private insurance companies, to paying for more taxpayer giveaways, to big oil," said Zach Hudson with the Nevada Democratic Party.

"If the Republicans turn out like we should and the Democrats are weak and they don't show up, then we're going to win that one," said former Nevada governor, Republican Bob List.

The number that pleases Republicans the most is Senator Heller's support among independent voters. Heller beats Berkley by 14 points in that category.

But there are around 60,000 more registered Democrats than Republicans in Nevada, meaning Berkley's chances rest on the Democratic Party's get out the vote effort.

This is a race that has the attention of both party's national committees. With poll numbers this close, expect a flood of political television ads this summer and fall.

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