Nevada Senate Republican Leader Michael Roberson stands behind a chair as Gov. Brian Sandoval signs stuff
The GOP primary for Nevada's 3rd Congressional District is almost a year from now and businessman/ perennial candidate Danny Tarkanian has been in the race for less than a week, but that's no excuse not to do a poll! An unidentified pollster (that inspires confidence!) working for Conservative Intel gives Tarkanian a 37-11 lead
over the establishment favored state Senate Majority Leader Michael Roberson, with Nevada Policy Research Institute President Andy Matthews at 4.
The writeup breathlessly argues that Tarkanian is in great shape since 80 percent or respondents know who he is while only 34 percent can identify Roberson. Of course, even if this survey is accurate (big if), it just means that Roberson has plenty of room to grow, and he's going to have more than enough money to get his name out there.
2:59 PM PT: As for Tarkanian's high name recognition, Jon Ralston reminds us that he always starts out well known because of his famous dad, the late UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian. Then the campaign actually happens, and Little Tark loses. Maybe this time will be different, but Tarkanian's 54-46 state Senate loss in 2004, his 49-41 defeat in 2006's secretary of state race, his distant third place showing in the 2010 U.S. Senate primary, and his 50-42 fall in NV-04 in 2012 suggest otherwise.