(The following was originally published in Breitbart.)
The new poll, released Monday, shows Democrat-appointed Sen. John Walsh trailing GOP Rep. Steve Daines by 7 points, 46-39. That result is a 10-point gain since November, when Walsh trailed Daines by 17 points, 52-35, in the same poll. A big factor in Walsh’s surge is increased support from Republicans. In November, Walsh trailed Daines 90-3 among Republican voters. Today, Walsh trails just 79-12. That is a significant level of cross-over support for such a high-profile national race, especially for a Democrat candidate still relatively little known in the state.
The Republican Daines has recently been attacking Walsh for believing that partial privatization of Social Security should be “on the table” when discussing reforms to the entitlement program. Democrat Walsh was even attacked on this issue from the left during his primary race. Note to GOP strategists: When you are lifting attack lines from the progressive left, you are doing it wrong.