Rancher and state auditor Matt Rosendale leads his Montana Senate Republican primary opponents by over double didgets, according to a new poll released Thursday.
The Club for Growth PAC released new polling that reveals that Rosendale holds a double-digit lead over his primary competitors. Rosendale polls at 40 percent, compared to Russel Fagg at 17 percent, Troy Downing at 12 percent, and Albert Olszewski at eight percent with 23 percent of Republican primary voters still undecided.
Rosendale also has an 86 percent name recognition amongst Montana Republican primary voters. Fifty-nine percent, or three-in-five voters, have a favorable impression of the Montana state auditor.
Forty-nine percent of Republican primary voters describe Rosendale as “very conservative,” along with 31 percent who label him “somewhat conservative.”
In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News Sunday, Rosendale said, “The people of Montana want to send me to Washington not to bring home the bacon, but to slaughter the hog.”
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) endorsed Matt Rosendale in February, calling him a “bold defender of our constitutional rights.”
“Matt Rosendale is the type of fearless defender of liberty I want fighting by my side in the Senate,” Paul said. “Matt has proven himself a bold defender of our constitutional rights, and he will make an excellent addition to the Senate.”
Matt Rosendale remains the sole Montana Republican primary candidate to have current members of the U.S. Senate endorse his campaign. More than 30 Montana elected officials have also endorsed Rosendale.
A February poll found that Rosendale leads his Republican primary opponents by more than double digits.
The Citizens United Political Victory Fund (CUPVF) and the affiliated Political Action Committee (PAC) of Citizens United endorsed Rosendale in December. Pro-Donald Trump super PAC, the Great America Alliance, also backed Rosendale for U.S. Senate.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) endorsed Rosendale, as well, to challenge Sen. John Tester in the 2018 Senate midterm election.
Sen. Cruz said in a statement, “Matt Rosendale has fought hard to shrink government and preserve liberty for Montana residents during his time in the state legislature and more recently as a state auditor. It’s time to let Matt take that fight to Washington; we need strong conservative reinforcements in the Senate.”