(CNN) - A new poll indicates that the Democrats may have a shot at grabbing back a GOP held Senate seat in New Hampshire.
According to an American Research Group survey released Thursday, 47 percent of likely voters in New Hampshire support former state attorney general Kelly Ayotte, the Republican nominee, with 42 percent backing two-term Rep. Paul Hodes, the Democratic nominee, four percent backing other candidates and seven percent undecided.
Ayotte held a 14 point advantage over Hodes in an ARG survey from late last month. Hodes gained 19 percentage points among women in the latest survey while Ayotte gained 8 percentage points among men.
In a separate poll released last week by WMUR/Granite State Poll, Ayotte led Hodes by 15 points.
Ayotte survived a crowded and competitive primary battle while Hodes faced no serious competition in the September 14 contests. The winner in November succeeds retiring Republican Sen. Judd Gregg.
According to the new ARG poll, Ayotte has a 15 point advantage among independent voters.
The American Research Group's "The New Hampshire Poll" was conducted October 3-5, with 600 likely voters questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus four percentage points.
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