Yesterday was a huge day for Matt Rosendale in his bid to get out from the responsibilities of the State Auditor’s job. In a poll paid for by the Rosendale campaign and touted on the Breitbart New site, it turns out that Rosendale has convinced a whopping quarter of Montana Republicans they should vote for him.
Big news, but perhaps a bit undermined by the fact that Rosendale is barely ahead of a pack of primary rivals that includes a California resident who has been charged with nine hunting violations, a former judge under an ethical cloud whose campaign has been so anemic that he’s had to beg reporters not to cover his pathetic crowds, and an extremist legislator from the Flathead who isn’t known by almost anyone in the state.
Worse yet for Rosendale is this detail from the poll: only 43% of likely Republican voters who know him have a favorable opinion. It’s not a great sign for a candidate to have relatively high name recognition unless the people who know him actually like him.
While Rosendale’s flaks are touting this poll online for some reason, it reveals what most of us have seen about Rosendale from the beginning: he’s a weak candidate who will be undermined both by his personal weakness as a candidate and the perception (based in reality) that he won’t represent Montana.
Republicans who once hoped to have top-tier candidates in place to challenge Jon Tester have to be realizing that the crew they’ve put together isn’t even Tier B.