Angle takes the lead in Nevada 

Suffolk University Research Center will release a poll Thursday showing Tea Party candidate Sharron Angle has moved into the lead in the three-way race to win the Republican Senate primary in Nevada.

Angle has closed in on a 10-point lead held less than a month ago by former state Republican party chair Sue Lowden and she now leads Lowden by 7 points, according to RealClearPolitics, which has posted the poll information.

Lowden’s campaign is struggling to overcome some recent gaffes, including Lowden’s suggestion that a bartering system could be used to pay for medical care and her acceptance of a donated bus in potential violation of campaign finance laws.

The poll shows Angle with 33 percent of the vote, Lowden with 26 percent and Nevada businessman and former college basketball star Dan Tarkanian with 25 percent of the vote.

Angle’s lead is likely good news for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the Democratic incumbent. Reid’s formerly abysmal poll numbers have recently started to climb again and he could benefit by painting Angle as an outside-the-mainstream candidate. Angle wants to abolish Social Security and the Department of Education, for instance.

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