Trump trails Bullock in Montana but leads other top 2020 Democrats

Trump trails Bullock in Montana but leads other top 2020 Democrats
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpWHCA calls on Trump to denounce video depicting him shooting media outlets Video of fake Trump shooting members of media shown at his Miami resort: report Trump hits Fox News's Chris Wallace over Ukraine coverage MORE is trailing Montana Gov. Steve BullockSteve BullockThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by USAA — Ex-Ukraine ambassador testifies Trump pushed for her ouster 2020 Presidential Candidates Krystal Ball: Yang campaign a 'triumph of substance over the theatre' MORE (D) in Montana, a state both candidates won in 2016, according to a University of Montana poll, but holds a lead over the top-tier Democratic candidates.

Fifty-two percent of Montana voters said they would vote for Bullock in a head-to-head matchup with the president, while 48 percent said they would go for Trump. 

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The same poll found Trump leading former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump hits Fox News's Chris Wallace over Ukraine coverage Schiff: Whistleblower testimony might not be necessary Trump warns Democrats will lose House seats over impeachment MORE as well as Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenSanders can gain ground by zeroing in on corruption Biden praises Buttigieg for criticizing GOP attacks: 'That's a good man' Warren enters crucial debate with big momentum MORE (D-Mass.), Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders wishes Ocasio-Cortez happy birthday Video of fake Trump shooting members of media shown at his Miami resort: report Sanders can gain ground by zeroing in on corruption MORE (I-Vt.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisRepublicans wrestle with impeachment strategy Klobuchar takes shots at health and education plans supported by Sanders and Warren Kamala Harris to Trump Jr.: 'You wouldn't know a joke if one raised you' MORE (D-Calif.) in the traditionally red state.

Biden was the closest top-tier candidate, trailing Trump by 7 percentage points

Trump won Montana with roughly 56 percent of the state's vote in 2016, while Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonVideo of fake Trump shooting members of media shown at his Miami resort: report Ronan Farrow exposes how the media protect the powerful Kamala Harris to Trump Jr.: 'You wouldn't know a joke if one raised you' MORE garnered roughly 35 percent of the vote. 

Bullock was reelected to a second term in the governor's mansion that same year, winning 50 percent of the vote.

The governor has touted his 2016 victory in the red state, saying it makes him qualified to take on Trump in 2020. 

“We’ve got to make sure whoever we nominate can not only win those places that Democrats always win but also take back the Michigans, the Wisconsins and the Pennsylvanias,” Bullock said last month, according to Roll Call. “This is about math at the end of the day.”

However, Bullock has trailed in national polls and fundraising. He did not meet the qualifications for the October debate in Ohio. 

The University of Montana polled surveyed 303 registered voters from Sept. 26 to Oct. 3. The margin of error is plus or minus 5.63 percentage points.