Poll shows Daines, Bullock neck and neck in Montana Senate race
Montana Gov. Steve BullockSteve BullockKoch-backed group launches ad campaign to support four vulnerable GOP senators Overnight Energy: US Park Police say ‘tear gas’ statements were ‘mistake’ | Trump to reopen area off New England coast for fishing | Vulnerable Republicans embrace green issues Vulnerable Republicans embrace green issues in battle to save seats MORE (D) and Sen. Steve DainesSteven (Steve) David DainesSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Koch-backed group launches ad campaign to support four vulnerable GOP senators OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Interior faces legal scrutiny for keeping controversial acting leaders in office | White House faces suit on order lifting endangered species protections | Lawmakers seek investigation of Park Police after clearing of protesters MORE (R) are tied in the race for Daines’s Senate seat, according to a poll released Thursday from left-leaning pollster Public Policy Polling (PPP).
The poll found 47 percent support for both Bullock and Daines, with 6 percent undecided. The survey also found plurality approval for both, with 45 percent viewing Daines favorably compared to 42 percent unfavorably, and Bullock with 49 percent favorable and 40 percent unfavorable.
Bullock led with independent voters in the poll 50 to 42 percent.
PPP also found Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote GOP senator to try to reverse requirement that Pentagon remove Confederate names from bases No, ‘blue states’ do not bail out ‘red states’ MORE (R-Ky.) underwater in the state, with 47 percent viewing him unfavorably to 31 percent who view him unfavorably.
The survey also found a tight race for Montana’s open House seat, which will be vacated by Rep. Greg GianforteGregory Richard GianforteKathleen Williams, Matt Rosendale to face off for Montana House seat Gianforte wins Montana gubernatorial primary Key races to watch in Tuesday’s primaries MORE (R), who is running for governor. Former state Rep. Kathleen Williams (D), Gianforte’s 2018 challenger, was tied with state Auditor Matt Rosendale (R), both with 45 percent support with 9 percent undecided.
The poll was conducted March 12-13 among 903 Montana voters by telephone. It has a 3.3-point margin of error.
Bullock, a former presidential candidate, announced his Senate run earlier this month, with the party viewing the seat as a top pickup opportunity. Bullock is the second former presidential candidate recruited for a Senate race, after former Colorado Gov. John HickenlooperJohn HickenlooperGun control group rolls out first round of Senate endorsements The Hill’s Campaign Report: Republicans go on attack over calls to ‘defund the police’ Hickenlooper ethics questions open him up to attack MORE (D).
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