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Election 2008: Montana Senate
Montana Senate: Incumbent Baucus in Safe Territory

In the first poll of Montana’s race for United States Senate, Incumbent Max Baucus (D) is way out in front. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in the state finds the Senator leading challenger Robert Kelleher 64% to 31% (demographic crosstabs available for Premium Members).

Baucus, who has served in the Senate since 1978, is currently the chairman of the Committee on Finance. In the 2002 election, Baucus defeated his opponent by a 63% to 32% margin. Kelleher is a perennial candidate who has run on several tickets, including the Green party ticket in the 2002 Senate election in Montana.

The incumbent earns support from 93% of Montana Democrats and 38% of Republicans. Among unaffiliated voters, Baucus leads by a 67% to 26% margin. The democrat appeals to 39% of conservative voters, 87% of moderate voters and 88% of liberal voters. The incumbent’s margins are identical among men and women, 64% to 31%.

Baucus is viewed favorably by 69% of voters in Montana and unfavorably by 26%. Kelleher is considerably less known to many voters. The Republican is viewed favorably by 36%, unfavorably by 47%, and 18% of voters have no opinion of him.

Approval ratings for Governor Brian Schweitzer (D), who is currently favored to win his bid for re-election this November, remain relatively steady. Most voters (64%) give the governor good or excellent ratings, while just 13% say he is doing a poor job.

Rasmussen Reports released five swing state polls on the Presidential race last night for Colorado,Florida,Ohio,Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Today (Tuesday) at 5:00 p.m. Eastern, the latest Presidential race numbers from Montana will be released. Additional state poll results will be released each Monday at 6:00 p.m. Eastern and Tuesday-Friday at 5:00 p.m. Eastern.

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This telephone survey of 700 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports September 7, 2008. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

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