Mar 19, 2014 2:35 PM by Q2 News
Congressman Steve Daines has a double-digit lead over Sen. John Walsh in the race for U.S. Senate in a poll released Wednesday by Rasmussen Reports.
A statewide telephone survey of likely Montana voters found Daines leading by 14 points, 51 percent to 37 percent. Four percent of those polled like other candidates, while nine percent remain undecided.
The poll was conducted Monday and Tuesday of this week. The margin of error is +/- four points.
A spokeswoman for Walsh, Lauren Passalacqua, released a statement later Wednesday.
"The polls in this race will change," she said. "What won't change is Congressman Daines' harmful record against Montana families, seniors and veterans."
Daines' camp praised what they described as the "first public poll released since Walsh was appointed as Montana's interim Senator."
Daines spokesman Brock Lowrance released this statement: "Momentum keeps building for our campaign, as Montanans continue to send a strong message that Steve Daines will best represent Montana in the U.S. Senate. While this poll is encouraging, our campaign is still focused on spreading Steve's message of more jobs, less government across Montana.
Over the course of the last few weeks appointed Senator Walsh's campaign has been furiously trying to hit the reset button - from campaign staff shake-ups to recent revelations about how his appointment played out behind closed doors, its obvious this poll will only add to the panic.
Despite a backroom appointment to the U.S. Senate and spending thousands of dollars defending his failed record, John Walsh is failing to convince the people of Montana that his allegiance to Barack Obama and Harry Reid is a better choice over Steve Daines' positive record of creating good-paying Montana jobs and bringing common sense Montana solutions to Washington."