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 TrumpSanders urges impeachment trial 'quickly' in the Senate US sending 20,000 troops to Europe for largest exercises since Cold War Barr criticizes FBI, says it's possible agents acted in 'bad faith' in Trump probe MORE is trailing Montana Gov. Steve BullockSteve BullockThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democrats worry about diversity on next debate stage The Hill's Morning Report — Pelosi makes it official: Trump will be impeached Steve Bullock exits: Will conservative Democrats follow? 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 BidenThe media have fallen out of love with Bernie, but have voters? Top Zelensky aide refutes Sondland testimony The great AI debate: What candidates are (finally) saying about artificial intelligence MORE as well as Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenThe media have fallen out of love with Bernie, but have voters? Buttigieg surrogate on candidate's past consulting work: 'I don't think it matters' Steyer rolls out 5B plan to invest in historically black colleges MORE (D-Mass.), Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders urges impeachment trial 'quickly' in the Senate The media have fallen out of love with Bernie, but have voters? Steyer rolls out 5B plan to invest in historically black colleges MORE (I-Vt.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisThe media have fallen out of love with Bernie, but have voters? Krystal Ball: Media turns on Buttigieg, will this end him? Senate Democrats demand Trump fire Stephen Miller 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 ClintonDOJ backs ex-Trump campaign aide Rick Gates's probation request The media have fallen out of love with Bernie, but have voters? Trump request for Ukrainian 'favor' tops notable quote list 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.