For the first time in a very long time, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has a significant lead in his re-election bid. The latest Mason-Dixon poll for the “Las Vegas Review- Journal” shows Reid with a seven-point lead over his Republican opponent, Sharron Angle.

Mason-Dixon (7/12-14)
Reid 44
Angle 37
Other 4
Undecided 10
None of these candidates 5

This new lead shows real movement for Reid, who has been neck and neck with Angle for months. There is little doubt that Angle’s modest slide in the poll is the result of weeks of stories about her outside-the-mainstream political views and statements. From the “Review-Journal”:

“He’s had five perfect weeks,” said Brad Coker of Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, which conducted the survey. “The race has been all about her, and he’s been doing a good job of pounding her.” [...]

That is the best Reid has done against Angle this year in a series of Mason-Dixon polls. Previously, the two had been locked in a statistical dead heat with Angle finishing just ahead of Reid in February, 44 percent to 42 percent, and in June, 44 percent to 41 percent, and Reid finishing just ahead of Angle in May, 42 percent to 39 percent.

Reid is still not especially popular in the state, and if the election were purely a referendum on him, he’d likely be in more trouble. Fortunately for Reid, Angle continues to express views that brand her as a right-wing extremist, giving the Majority Leader the opportunity to depict her as a fully unacceptable alternative. This could allow Reid to pull out a slim plurality victory. The Senator has a huge campaign war chest, which he can spend trying to make sure every voter in the state knows all of Angle’s most unpopular views.