Poll: Rehberg holds edge over Tester in Montana Senate race
November 4th, 2012
07:41 PM ET
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Poll: Rehberg holds edge over Tester in Montana Senate race

(CNN) – While the focus may be on the presidential race as the days wind down to November 6, a poll released Sunday showed a close race in the battle for U.S. Senate in Montana.

The poll conducted for Lee Newspapers indicates Republican Rep. Denny Rehberg holding onto a slight advantage with 49% support among likely Montana voters to Democrat incumbent Sen. Jon Tester's 45%. Rehberg's edge is within the survey's sampling error.

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A Lee Newspaper poll released in September also showed Rehberg, the state's sole representative in the U.S. House, with a slight advantage over the first-term incumbent senator, 48% to Tester's 45%.

Five percent of respondents in Sunday's poll were undecided and 1% said they support Libertarian candidate Dan Cox.

The candidates and outside groups have poured money into the Montana contest; one in a number of hotly contested "toss-up" races for U.S. Senate that will determine which party controls the upper chamber come January.

While Democrats currently control the Senate, 53 seats to the Republicans' 47, they are fighting to hold on to 23 (21 Democrats and two independents who caucus with the party) of the 33 seats up for grabs on November 6.

Sunday's survey was conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research for Lee Newspapers among 625 likely voters in Montana conducted last week. The poll has a sampling error of plus or minus four percentage points.

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    Montana just vote direct Democratic ticket, OBAMA12

    November 4, 2012 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  2. peety

    There's something "very"strange about this Romney guy! How's that?

    November 4, 2012 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  3. bob gondwe

    hopefully not only will we have a republican president but senate and congress as well.democrats have destroyed enough of this country

    November 5, 2012 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  4. Angela

    Okay already!

    November 5, 2012 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  5. Deb in MT

    Oh, great. Rehberg is nothing more than a bone lazy & self aggrandizing drunk who crawls out from under his bottle every 2 years to run for re-election. The guy wears a big ol' cowboy hat in his ads, and pretends to be a rancher, but his 'ranch' is actually a housing development: the cowboy poser is a real estate tycoon.

    Jon Tester has accomplished more for this state in 6 years, than Rehberg has in 12 (although Rehberg sure has a knack for naming post offices and publicizing that). Tester has also been the best friend our military veterans could have.

    Millions in dark money has poured into Montana to slam Democrats and push the GOP knuckledraggers into office. And, they really are knuckledraggers: the current crop of GOP candidates include people pushing for state nullification of federal laws (which I thought was settled by the Civil War), and hangers on of various militia movements.

    Pitiful. Just, pitiful.

    November 5, 2012 01:54 am at 1:54 am |