HELENA — Republicans have the lead in a generic matchup for the state House, according to a new Gazette State Poll.
The poll asked: “If the 2012 election for your state representative in the Montana Legislature were held today, would you most likely vote for the Democratic candidate or the Republican candidate?
Results showed 49 percent said they would vote for the Republican candidate, while 42 percent said they would vote for the Democratic candidate, with 9 percent undecided.
The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points. The margin rises for subgroups like gender and political party.
Montana voters will cast ballots in every House district race this year. There are 100 state representatives, each elected to a two-year term.
By gender, men favored a Republican representative 53 percent to 35 percent, with 12 percent undecided.
Among women, 48 percent backed a Democratic representative, while 45 percent were for a Republican, with 7 percent undecided.