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Poll: Tester leads GOP challenger by 4 in Montana

Poll: Tester leads GOP challenger by 4 in Montana
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Sen. Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterSchumer gets ready to go on the offensive Criminal justice reform splits 2020 Democrats Farmers sticking with Trump, says GOP senator MORE (D-Mont.) is leading his Republican opponent Matt Rosendale by 4 points in his Senate reelection bid in Montana, according to a poll released Tuesday.

A new Gravis Marketing survey found Tester ahead of Rosendale, 49 to 45 percent, just outside of the poll’s margin of error. Six percent of likely voters in Montana remain undecided.

In the poll, Tester is leading Rosendale by double digits among independent voters, 55 to 34.3 percent. Tester also holds double-digit edges with female voters and young voters between the ages of 18 and 29.

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Rosendale, Montana's state auditor, has a 10-point advantage with male voters as well as slim leads among voters between the ages of 50 and 64 and those who are 65 and older.

Polls have shown a close Senate race between Tester and Rosendale. A recent poll from CBS News/YouGov had Tester up 2 points, within the survey’s 5.2 percent margin of error. The RealClearPolitics polling average has Tester ahead by 3 points.

Tester is one of 10 Senate Democrats up for reelection in a state that President TrumpDonald John TrumpJoaquín Castro: Trump would be 'in court right now' if he weren't the president or 'privileged' Trump flubs speech location at criminal justice conference Comey reveals new details on Russia probe during House testimony MORE won in 2016. He won Montana by a little more than 20 points.

The incumbent senator has sought to highlight a working relationship with the president, highlighting the number of bills that Trump has signed into law.

But Trump has criticized Tester at campaign-style rallies held in Montana to boost Rosendale.

And Rosendale, who's cast himself as a close ally of the White House, recently announced that Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PencePresident Trump’s fight for a better trade deal with China Live coverage: Washington honors George HW Bush with state funeral Populism comes to Mexico as old symbols are laid to waste MORE will travel to the state to campaign with him on Oct. 2.

The poll was conducted from Sept. 19 to 22 and surveyed 710 likely voters in Montana. The margin of error was 3.7 percentage points.