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Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Race for State Auditor is Highly Competitive
The poll found that while Downing has higher name recognition, it is overwhelmingly negative — he is viewed unfavorably overall by an 11-point margin. Even more striking, independents view Downing unfavorably by a 12-point margin and men view him unfavorably by a 15-point margin.
While Downing begins the race with a lead largely built on name ID from previous failed runs for office, voters quickly move to to Shane Morigeau as they learn about his independent voice, Montana roots, and accomplishments as a state legislator working with Republicans and Democrats to make healthcare more affordable, protect public lands, provide professional vocational career opportunities for students, and promote Montana small businesses.
After voters hear a few brief statements on the candidates, Morigeau builds a 3 point lead of 47 to 44 over Downing, gaining 12 points with independent voters and gaining 7 points with men.
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