In nation’s most competitive governor’s race, Cooney continues picking up steam
Helena, Mont. — Democratic candidate for governor Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney continued picking up steam this week in what the nonpartisan Cook Political Report calls “the only true toss-up” governor’s race in the nation, rolling out his vision for defending labor unions and standing up for Montana’s workers.
Cooney unveiled his plan alongside Democratic Attorney General candidate Raph Graybill, and Montana labor leaders Amanda Curtis of the Montana Federation of Public Employees, Kim Rickard of the Montana Laborers, and Al Ekblad of Montana AFL-CIO, who said “Mike has always been a leader that brings diverse people together to find solutions. He works with business, labor, and the education community to get the work that matters done.“
Cook’s analysis comes despite millions of dollars in negative advertising against Cooney, who is entering the fall in a strong position to defeat New Jersey millionaire Greg Gianforte. A new poll by one of the nation’s top polling firms shows Lt. Governor Mike Cooney and Congressman Greg Gianforte statistically tied (46% Cooney/47% Gianforte).
Cooney is also poised to post another record-breaking fundraising period, after nearly doubling Gov. Bullock’s fundraising during a similar time frame in his 2016 campaign over the last period — despite limits that are almost three times lower.
Since mid-July, Cooney has rolled out his vision for the future of Montana’s health care, economy, public lands, public education, agriculture, service members and veterans and military families, and labor movement on top of his proposed Constitutional Initiative to ban a sales tax in Montana.
“Mike’s vision for a better Montana is clearly resonating with voters, and the polling proves it,” said Cooney for Montana Communications Director Ronja Abel. “Meanwhile Greg Gianforte can barely be bothered to show up for work, leaving Montanans to wonder: how can we trust him to do his job?”