3 GOP candidates within 4 points of Dem Sen. Maggie Hassan


Three candidates vying for the New Hampshire Republican primary nomination for the U.S. Senate would all be within striking distance of unseating Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH) in the general election, according to a poll.

The Data for Progress poll found that New Hampshire State Senate Speaker Chuck Morse, General Don Bolduc – a highly decorated army veteran – and former Londonderry City Manager Kevin Smith , are all just three to four percentage points behind Hassan in the potential matchups.

In a race between Morse and Hassan, the sitting senator drew 49% of responses, while 46% of survey participants said they would support Morse, the founder of Fresh Water Farms, which is a nursery, a florist and garden centre. The poll revealed a split along party lines, with 99% of Democrats backing Hassan and 91% of Republicans backing the state Senate speaker. Regarding the independents, Hassan had a slight advantage by a margin of 49% to 43%.

Bolduc drew 45% of the total response to Hassan’s 49% and garnered the support of 89% of Republicans polled. Bolduc – who has five bronze star medals, two awards for bravery and two Purple Hearts – garnered the support of 42% of independents, while 50% expressed support for the Democratic senator.

The poll found Smith trailing Hassan by just four percentage points at 45% and 49%, respectively. Smith, who was previously a senior aide to former U.S. Rep. Bob Smith (R-NH) and former Gov. Craig Benson (R-NH), performed similarly to Bolduc among Republicans, garnering 89% of responses, while he also fared slightly better with independents at 43%, compared to Hassan’s 48%.

Hassan must beat a pair of main challengers in Paul J. Krautmann and John Riggieri to qualify for the general election. In 2016, she toppled former Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) by a tenth of a percentage point, winning at home 354,649 votes against his opponent 353,632, the New York Times’ The 2016 election results show.

The poll sampled 903 likely voters between June 22 and July 8 through “text and web panel respondents.” It has a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.


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