Jun 23, 2011 12:56 AM by Marnee Banks (Helena)
In a recent poll conducted by Public Policy Polling, U.S. Representative Denny Rehberg is leading U.S. Senator Jon Tester in the race for Tester's U.S. Senate seat.
Talking Points Memo has taken several recent polls and tallied the results.
TPM sets Republican Rehberg at one and a half percentage points ahead of Democrat Tester, which is well within the margin of error on these polls.
Several national political publications are calling this race one of the most hotly-contested Senate races for 2012.
Currently the U.S. Senate is controlled by Democrats in a 51 to 47 majority, although two Independents caucus with the Democrats, effectively giving them a 53-47 majority.
In a press release, Public Policy Polling notes:
Tester remains competitive in Republican Montana through his solid approval ratings. 51% of voters approve to 39% who disapprove. Approval of Rehberg, on the other hand, is only tepid, with 44% approving and 45% disapproving. Both Tester and Rehberg are well-known throughout the state, with only 10% and 11%, respectively, not familiar enough with the candidates to voice an opinion. This could explain why so little has changed in the race over half a year.
Click here to read the full press release from Public Policy Polling (new window, PDF).