Republicans are positioned to have a very successful 2014 election, according to the latest poll of Montana voters by Democrat firm PPP. The poll showed Steve Daines leading democratic opponents by double digits in the US Senate race for retiring Max Baucus’ seat. In the general election match up for Daines’ current post in the US House Republican Corey Stapleton has a double digit lead over Democrat frontrunner John Lewis. It is easy to see why Republicans have an edge on Democratic opponents, Democrat Senate candidate John Walsh publicly announced his support for Obamacare despite rollout failure–and Democrat House candidate helped write Obamacare as a staffer for Max Baucus. PPP shows that almost 60% of Montana voters disapprove of Obamacare, and only 34% approve of President Obama’s job performance.
All four GOP candidates lead Democrat John Lewis in a general contest matchup. Corey Stapleton defeats Lewis 44/31, Ryan Zinke defeats Lewis 37/32, and Rosendale defeats Lewis 37/32. As Flint first pointed out, Stapleton also leads both primary and general election opponents in name ID and favorability by Montana voters. In the Republican primary, Corey Stapleton leads currently announced candidates by 23 points:
Republicans in the Senate race lead in every match up. Republican Steve Daines holds a 51-36 lead over Democrat John Bohlinger and 52-35 lead over Democrat John Walsh. Lesser known Republican candidate Champ Edmunds also leads well-known democratic opponents by two points, 39-37 over Bohlinger and 38-36 over Walsh.
In primary contests, Walsh and Daines are the current party favorites for the race.