Tough news for Steve Daines this week, as he learned that he’s not terribly popular among the few Montana Republicans who have even heard of him.
Admittedly, when a candidate gets pushed out of the way in a race for the Senate and forced to settle for a campaign for the House (despite having absolutely no legislative experience), it’s likely that support will suffer.
Admittedly, Montana is a challenging state to run in, with an expansive geography and limited media coverage.
Admittedly, in his last campaign for elective office, Daines was, in the words of Dennis Miller, “stomped like a narc at a biker rally.”
Having said all of that, it has to be more than a bit disconcerting to Steve Daines and Montana Republicans that the oft-ethically challenged former candidate for Lieutenant Governor, despite having raised hundreds of thousands of dollars from party hacks and lobbyists isn’t exactly lighting a fire in Montana voters, as PPP polling revealed that the presumptive GOP frontrunner for the House is only leading an acknowledged member of and advocate for the Ku Klux Klan by 8 points.
Daines recently boasted in this hard-hitting piece of boosterism in the Great Falls that he has traveled to 51 of Montana’s counties. Given the results so far, maybe he ought to stay home.