Democrats are going on offense in districts across the country and Montana’s At-Large seat is just the latest example. According to new internal polling, Kathleen Williams and Matt Rosendale are tied just four months out from election day at 47-47.
As first reported in The Hill, Williams’s net favorability rating is stronger than Rosendale’s with 44 percent of likely voters finding her favorable and 28 percent finding her unfavorable, while 40 percent of likely voters say they have favorable views of Rosendale and 38 percent say they have unfavorable views of the Republican.
With Maryland Matt Rosendale limping through the primary and clearly being damaged goods after multiple failed bids for office, Montana’s voters know and don’t like the out of touch Maryland real estate developer for higher office.
Meanwhile, Montanans of all political stripes are finding that the independent and Montana focused campaign of Kathleen Williams is a breath of fresh air in the Big Sky State. They know from Williams’ nearly thirty-year career working for Montanans and her time in the State Legislature that she’s focused on keeping money out of politics and bringing people together to deliver local solutions for all Montanans.
Statement from DCCC Spokesperson Andy Orellana:
“Come November, Republicans across the country including Maryland Matt Rosendale will have to answer for their disastrous agenda of prioritizing corporate and big money politics over working families in Montana like gutting access to health care – even during a pandemic. With over five runs for higher office in ten years, the voters of Montana know and plain don’t like Maryland Matt Rosendale’s out of touch agenda of cutting health care, turning his back on Veterans and not protecting Montana’s public lands.”
Last month, Cook Political Report, a nonpartisan election handicapper, changed their rating of the race to “lean Republican”. Read more from The Hill HERE or below.
BY TAL AXELROD – 07/08/20
The race for Montana’s at-large House seat is heating up as a new poll shows Democrat Kathleen Williams and Republican Matt Rosendale running neck-and-neck less than four months before the election.
Williams and Rosendale are knotted up at 47 percent each, according to an internal poll from the Williams campaign that was obtained exclusively by The Hill. Another 6 percent of likely voters say they are undecided.
Williams’s net favorability rating is stronger than Rosendale’s with 44 percent of likely voters finding her favorable and 28 percent finding her unfavorable, while 40 percent of likely voters say they have favorable views of Rosendale and 38 percent say they have unfavorable views of the Republican.
Williams also posted a strong fundraising haul for the second quarter of 2020, bringing in over $760,000 from April-June. The campaign has just over $1.63 million on hand, and 75 percent of the Q2 donations were for $100 or less.
Williams is still facing what is likely an uphill climb in the conservative-leaning state, but Democrats are eager to make the race competitive and build on momentum gained from victories by Tester in 2018 and Gov. Steve Bullock (D) in 2016, a year that President Trump won the state by 20 points. The Cook Political Report, a nonpartisan election handicapper, now rates the race as “lean Republican” after initially rating it as “likely Republican.”
The internal poll surveyed 500 likely general election voters from June 24-28 and has a margin of error of 4.4 percent.