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Montana Governor

Candidates

Roy Brown

Roy Brown (R)

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Brian Schweitzer*

Brian Schweitzer* (D)*

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Polling Data

PollDateSampleBrown (R)Schweitzer (D)Spread
PPP (D)10/31 - 11/22734 LV3662Schweitzer +26
Research 200010/15 - 10/16LV4057Schweitzer +17
Rasmussen10/1 - 10/1500 LV4156Schweitzer +15
Rasmussen7/29 - 7/29500 LV3559Schweitzer +24
Rasmussen6/30 - 6/30500 LV3261Schweitzer +29
Mason-Dixon5/19 - 12/21625 LV3055Schweitzer +25

Race Summary

Gov. Brian Schweitzer enjoys high favorable ratings and is favored to win re-election. He is being challenged by state Sen. Roy Brown, who has criticized Schweitzer for growing the state budget and state workforce by large amounts.

The top three elected officials in the state are now Democrats, after Jon Tester defeated three-term GOP Sen. Conrad Burns in 2006. Montana has voted Republican in nine of the last 10 presidential elections, with the lone exception coming in 1992. 

Previous Elections

Governor
2004: Schweitzer 50, B. Brown 46
2000: Martz 51, O'Keefe 47

President
2004: Bush 59, Kerry 39
2000: Bush 58, Gore 33
1996: Dole 44, Clinton 41

Demographics

Population (2007 est.): 957,861
Registered Voters: No party registration  
Occupation: Blue Collar 22.0% | White Collar 58.6% | Gray Collar 19.4%
Race: White 89.5% | Native Am. 6.0% | Hispanic 2.0% | Two+ Races 1.5%