The Wednesday Read: Children, Polls, & Chamber

Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists. ― Franklin D. Roosevelt

Today’s commentary deals with these issues:

  • Migrant Children
  • Montana Senate Race
  • Montana At-Large Race
  • Montana Chamber of Commerce

Migrant Children:

Lee Newspapers reported that Montana’s congressional delegation (U.S. Senators Jon Tester/Steve Daines and U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte) doesn’t support an immigration policy that separates children from their parents along the southern U.S. border.

That’s good news.

It seems there are a lot of elected officials against the policy, so the question is “When will they get off their asses and do something about it?”

Montana Senate Race:

Democrat incumbent U.S. Senator Jon Tester received some good news yesterday. A Gravis Marketing poll released yesterday found Tester leading Republican Matt Rosendale by 8 points 52-44.

The poll was conducted with 469 likely voters and has a margin of error of ±4.5%.

Being over 50% is good news for Tester. In 2006, he received 49.2% of the vote. In 2012, he received 48.6%.

The other good news is that Tester has better job approval in Montana than President Donald Trump (54% – 50%).

It’s still very early in this race and this is only one of many polls we’ll see.

Montana At-Large Race:

A Gravis Marketing poll released yesterday found Democrat Kathleen Williams leading Republican Rep. Greg Gianforte 49-43 in the Montana At-Large House race. The poll was conducted with 469 likely voters and has a margin of error of ±4.5%.

Those results should give Team Williams a boost this early in her campaign while being a little devastating for Team Gianforte.

The key thing to remember is this is June. Not many people are paying attention yet. They start paying attention after Labor Day.

Montana Chamber of Commerce:

The Montana Chamber of Commerce is pretty much a Republican organization, so it was a surprise when they did not endorse Republican Senate candidate Matt Rosendale for Senate.

The Great Falls Tribune has the story HERE.

That’s more bad news for Rosendale. In one of the first public polls, he trails Tester by 8 points

The Montana Chamber did not endorse incumbent U.S. Senator Jon Tester either, but that is less of a surprise.