President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump defends indicted GOP congressman House to vote Thursday on holding Bannon in contempt Youngkin calls for investigation into Loudoun County School Board amid sexual assault allegations MORE is trailing Montana Gov. Steve BullockSteve Bullock65 former governors, mayors back bipartisan infrastructure deal Arkansas, New Jersey governors to head National Governors Association Biden 'allies' painting him into a corner 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.
The same poll found Trump leading former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenWhite House: Window for finalizing sweeping budget package 'closing' Jayapal says tuition-free community college 'probably won't' be in spending plan Jan. 6 panel votes to hold Bannon in contempt MORE as well as Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenDemocrats narrow scope of IRS proposal amid GOP attacks Overnight Health Care — Presented by Carequest — FDA moves to sell hearing aids over-the-counter FDA proposes rule to offer over-the-counter hearing aids MORE (D-Mass.), Bernie SandersBernie SandersWhite House: Window for finalizing sweeping budget package 'closing' Jayapal says tuition-free community college 'probably won't' be in spending plan Progressives see budget deal getting close after Biden meeting MORE (I-Vt.) and Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisAre supply chain disruptions the beginning of the end of globalization? Harris to campaign with McAuliffe in Virginia Harris to highlight drought, climate change in Nevada trip 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 ClintonTrump defends indicted GOP congressman GOP lawmaker says he expects to be indicted over FBI investigation Why it's time for conservatives to accept the 2020 election results and move on 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.