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Monday, February 13, 2006

MT-Sen: Poll Has Morrison Leading, Tester Tied with Burns

Posted by DavidNYC

A new poll from Rasmussen (likely voters, Jan. in parens):

Tester: 46 (45)
Burns: 46 (45)

Morrison: 50 (43)
Burns 43 (46)
(MoE: ±4.5%)

Two strong months in a row for both Dems, with Morrison picking up some more steam recently. Bottom line is that either man could beat Burns. (It wasn't too long ago when things looked like this.) Of course, I'm not saying this is any kind of foregone conclusion - Burns has a lot of money, and much of the year remains. All I'm saying is that both Tester and Morrison could beat him.

The issue, really, is who wins the primary. Right now, Morrison is probably the favorite, by virtue of his higher name rec and better fundraising. We still haven't seen any independent polls on the primary, though. (I don't understand why Rasmussen can't tack that question on to his survey.)

As everyone who reads this site well knows, I'm supporting Tester. But I'll get behind whoever wins the Dem nomination. I mention this because supporters of both candidates need to be considerate of the other side - if Tester wins, he'll need to cultivate Morrison supporters and vice-versa. We're all on the same team here - let's not lose sight of that.

Posted at 02:35 PM in 2006 Elections - Senate, Montana | Technorati

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