Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009 | 10:57 a.m.
WASHINGTON -- Despite his poor poll numbers, don't doubt Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's ability to win re-election.
That was the word today from the chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, who said he doesn’t buy the storyline that Reid is in trouble and expects the Nevada senator to win in 2010.
"I would not bet against Harry Reid by any stretch of the imagination," Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey, chairman of the Democratic committee, told reporters during a briefing on 2010 races at committee headquarters. "I am convinced Harry Reid will win that race."
But the non-partisan Cook Political Report is not so sure.
Cook moved Reid’s re-elect chances into the toss-up category earlier this month. Cook arrived at its position namely because Reid is losing in matchup polls against both potential Republican challengers – Sue Lowden and Danny Tarkanian – and neither were top choices among Republicans nationally looking for a challenger to Reid.
Not only is Reid's seat in trouble, said Cook’s senior analyst Jennfier Duffy, but she offers this sobering conclusion: the Democarts’ supermajority of 60 seats in the Senate will not hold.
“Sixty’s gone,” Duffy said.