Montana Politics

Jeff Essman Announces for Governor, Becomes Less Likely to Win

I’ll admit I’ve spent more time writing about Neil Livingstone’s peculiar campaign for governor than I have looking at the other candidates, but this tidbit from the latest PPP poll is just too hard to overlook:

In the Montana Gubernatorial primary Rick Hill continues to be the early front runner with 37% to 10% for Ken Miller, 5% for Jeff Essmann, 4% for Jim Lynch, 3% for Neil Livingstone and Jim O’Hara, 2% for Corey Stapleton, and 1% for Bob Fanning.

Compared to the last time we polled this contest in June Miller’s up 4 points and Hill’s up 2 points, while Livingstone is down 12 points and Essmann is down 6 points.

Somehow, Dennis Rehberg’s preferred prohibitionist candidate from Billings, Jeff Essman, has managed to lose six points in the polls since announcing his candidacy.

That takes a special kind of talent as a candidate. Perhaps relying on the Rehberg political machine (or working to overturn the will of the voters) wasn’t such a great strategy for Senator Essman, who is doing his best to make Ken Miller look like a legitimate candidate for statewide office.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is an eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.
His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.
In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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