Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D) leads her challenger by 7 points in the closely watched Nevada Senate race

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according to a new Suffolk University-Reno Gazette-Journal poll.

Forty-five percent of respondents indicated support for Cortez Masto

compared to 38 percent support for former state Attorney General Adam Laxalt (R).

Twelve percent said they were undecided, while 3 percent said they would support none of the polled candidates

The nonpartisan Cook Political Report rates the Nevada contest as one of four toss-up races

that could determine which party will control the Senate beginning next year

Democrats are facing historical and political headwinds going into this year’s midterm elections

But many in the party are hoping a series of recent victories can counter voter frustration about issues such as inflation