The re-election campaign of Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) this week pushed back against a Las Vegas Review-Journal poll which showed him lagging behind potential Republican challengers. The campaign argued that the poll is misleading because it doesn't have all nine options voters will see on the ballot, including third-party candidates and a "none of the above" option.
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Reid's people further explained their argument against the poll, which showed Reid trailing one potential Republican challenger by eight points, to TPMDC today.
The campaign is expecting a lot of anti-incumbent votes this year, but they don't expect those votes to necessarily go the Republican challenger. Instead, because the polling numbers are bad for the Republicans as well, the Reid campaign expects more voters to check off the "none of the above" box.
And because those voters wouldn't have gone for Reid to begin with, that means fewer votes for the Republican candidate and, ultimately, a win for Reid.