Poll shows Daines, Bullock neck and neck in Montana Senate race

Poll shows Daines, Bullock neck and neck in Montana Senate race
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Montana Gov. Steve BullockSteve BullockThe 10 Senate seats most likely to flip OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Coal company sues EPA over power plant pollution regulation | Automakers fight effort to freeze fuel efficiency standards | EPA watchdog may probe agency's response to California water issues Bullock outraises Daines in Montana Senate race MORE (D) and Sen. Steve DainesSteven (Steve) David DainesThe 10 Senate seats most likely to flip Hillicon Valley: Tech companies lead way on WFH forever | States and counties plead for cybersecurity assistance | Trump weighing anti-conservative bias panel Memorial Day weekend deals latest economic blow to travel industry 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.

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PPP also found Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Americans debate life under COVID-19 risks The 10 Senate seats most likely to flip Democratic leaders say Trump testing strategy is 'to deny the truth' about lack of supplies 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 GianforteLawmakers question why dead people are getting coronavirus checks Coronavirus response could be key factor in tight governor's races Poll shows Daines, Bullock neck and neck in Montana Senate race 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 HickenlooperThe 10 Senate seats most likely to flip OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Coal company sues EPA over power plant pollution regulation | Automakers fight effort to freeze fuel efficiency standards | EPA watchdog may probe agency's response to California water issues McConnell gives two vulnerable senators a boost with vote on outdoor recreation bill MORE (D).