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 BullockOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Court removes Pendley from role as public lands chief | Pendley court ruling could unravel Trump's public lands decisions | 1 in 4 adults cite climate change in decision not to have children Pendley court ruling could unravel Trump's public lands decisions Court removes Pendley from role as public lands chief MORE (D) and Sen. Steve DainesSteven (Steve) David DainesSenate Democrats want to avoid Kavanaugh 2.0 On The Trail: Making sense of this week's polling tsunami The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump faces backlash after not committing to peaceful transition of power 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 McConnellIn rare move, Schumer forces vote to consider health care bill amid Supreme Court tensions COVID-19 talks hit crucial stretch Supreme Court nominee gives no clues in GOP meeting 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 GianfortePence seeks to boost Daines in critical Montana Senate race On The Trail: How Nancy Pelosi could improbably become president Supreme Court denies push to add Green Party candidates to Montana ballot 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 Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Trump previews SCOTUS nominee as 'totally brilliant' Cook Political Report shifts Colorado Senate race toward Democrat Willie Nelson playing at virtual fundraiser for Hickenlooper MORE (D).