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Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Exit polls: Abramoff ties tarnish Montana Sen. Conrad Burns
(CNN) -- Ties to disgraced former lobbyist Jack Abramoff seriously tarnished GOP Sen. Conrad Burns, according to exit polls.

Forty percent of Montana voters called corruption "extremely important" to them, with 61 percent saying Burns does not have high ethical standards. By comparison, 54 percent of Montana voters said his Democratic opponent, Jon Tester, has high ethical standards.

President Bush also factored in this race, with 30 percent of Montana voters saying they sided against Burns in order to send a message of opposition to the president.
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