(CNN) - GOP nominee Kelly Ayotte, a former state attorney general, has defeated Democratic nominee Paul Hodes, CNN projects, in the race to replace retiring Republican Sen. Judd Gregg. Projections are based on CNN analysis of exit poll data.
(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.
(CNN) - Republican Kelly Ayotte may be even closer to fending off her Democratic opponent in New Hampshire's Senate race, according to a new poll.
A WMUR Granite State Poll released Thursday found that 50 percent of likely voters support Ayotte, while 35 percent support Democratic Rep. Paul Hodes. Twelve percent remain undecided.
The survey shows that likely voters who are "very interested" in the election support Ayotte by a 56 to 36 percent margin.
(CNN) - Democrats' hopes of capturing a Republican held Senate seat in New Hampshire appear to be fading, according to a new poll.
According to an American Research Group survey released Monday, 46 percent of likely voters in New Hampshire support former state attorney general Kelly Ayotte, the GOP nominee, with 32 percent backing two-term Rep. Paul Hodes, the Democratic nominee, and one in five undecided.
(CNN) - The New Hampshire Attorney General's office is investigating whether Democratic Senate hopeful Paul Hodes ran "push polls" intended to cast a potential rival, Republican candidate Kelly Ayotte, in a negative light.
The phone calls in question hit New Hampshire households last week and raised questions about Ayotte's handling, when she was Attorney General, of a mortgage firm at the center of a Ponzi scheme that defrauded investors. The Hodes campaign had previously run television ads attacking Ayotte on the topic.
But according to state law, polling calls "which state, imply or convey information about the candidate's character, status or political stance or record" are considered push polls and punishable by fines or jail time.
Editor's Note: In the final 100 days before Election Day, CNN has been profiling one race at random each day from among the nation's top 100 House races, which we've dubbed "The CNN 100." Today's featured district is:
New Hampshire 2nd (Open seat) – Rep. Paul Hodes (D) is running for U.S. Senate
Primary: September 14, 2010
Location: Western New Hampshire
Days until Election Day: 99
This race features a cast of characters with intertwining lives worthy of a Tolstoy novel. The incumbent is Democrat Paul Hodes, who is leaving the House to run for the U.S. Senate. Hodes won the seat in 2006 by defeating Republican incumbent Charlie Bass, who had fended off Hodes in the general election two years earlier. Bass, who is running again for his old job this year, first won the seat in 1994 by defeating Democratic incumbent Dick Swett. Swett's wife, Katrina, tried unsuccessfully to unseat Bass in 2002 and is once again running this year. Bass' opponent for the GOP nomination in 2010 is Jennifer Horn, the former conservative radio host and columnist who lost the general election to Hodes in 2008. Got that?
(CNN) - Former New Hampshire Attorney General Kelly Ayotte's Senate campaign isn't the only one revved up by Monday's endorsement from Sarah Palin - Democrat Paul Hodes is pretty happy about it too.
"We couldn't be more thrilled that Sarah Palin chose to endorse Kelly Ayotte," Mark Bergman, Hodes's campaign communications director, said Tuesday during a conference call with reporters. "[…]The people of New Hampshire have already rejected Sarah Palin once in the general election and we're pretty certain we're going to do it again."
"We call on Kelly Ayotte today to tell us that Sarah Palin will be here in October campaigning for her," Bergman said. "We hope she does. I mean, that would be really helpful for our campaign."
Hodes, a one-term congressman, is running unopposed for the Democratic Senatorial nomination in the Granite State. Ayotte faces two GOP primary opponents.
"Sarah Palin is welcome here anytime to call out Paul Hodes's false attacks," Ayotte's Communications Director Jeff Grappone told CNN.
Washington (CNN) - President Obama's campaign manager David Plouffe heads to Manchester, New Hampshire Friday to headline a rally and a fundraiser for Democratic Senate candidate Paul Hodes.
Hodes is one of the state's two congressmen and he does not face a challenge in the September primary for the open Senate seat. The seat is being vacated by Republican Sen. Judd Gregg, who is retiring at the end of the year.
"David knows the Granite State well," Hodes spokesman Matt House said. "Paul Hodes is fighting to create jobs and rebuild the middle-class, and we're thrilled to have David back in New Hampshire to support Paul's campaign for the US Senate."
A WMUR/University of New Hampshire Granite State Poll conducted in early February showed that Hodes trails Republican Kelly Ayotte in a November hypothetical match-up, but leads three other GOP candidates in the same survey.
Obama lost the New Hampshire presidential primary in 2008 to then-New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, but easily beat Arizona Sen. John McCain there in the November general election.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - At least one Democrat is rejecting efforts by House leadership to punish Rep. Joe Wilson for his controversial outburst on the House floor last week.
New Hampshire Rep. Paul Hodes, who is also running for Senate in 2010, said Tuesday that he will not support the "resolution of disapproval" against Wilson, which is scheduled to be voted on later today.
While Hodes called Wilson's actions "reckless and disrespectful," he said in a statement that "the focus on his outburst has served as a distraction to the larger goal of providing affordable, portable, high quality health care to every family."
"In my judgment, it's time to move on and I do not support this resolution," Hodes said. "We should not allow Mr. Wilson's reckless conduct to overshadow the need to work together to craft a strong health care reform measure that gives Americans lower costs, more choice, and real control in a fiscally responsible fashion."
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Judd Gregg made clear Thursday he would rather serve in the Senate than in the Obama administration, but the New Hampshire Republican said he “probably” will not seek a fourth term next year.
“Will I run? Probably not,” Gregg said at a press conference after withdrawing from the Commerce post. Gregg also told the New Hampshire Union-Leader earlier in the day that he does not intend to seek re-election.
If that’s true, it likely comes as good news to New Hampshire Rep. Paul Hodes, the Democratic congressman who emerged as a frontrunner for the seat after Gregg first decided to take the Commerce job. Hodes announced his intention to run for the Senate seat last week.
But if Gregg has a change of heart and decides to run again in 2010, Hodes has a tougher road ahead. According to an American Research Group poll released in late December, Gregg held a 47-40 lead in a hypothetical match-up with the congressman.
Even before Gregg said Thursday he won’t run again - but after he turned down the president - Hodes made it clear he still wants the seat.
“I will be a candidate for the United State Senate in 2010,” Hodes said in a statement Thursday afternoon. “I look forward to working every day to stand up for New Hampshire as we come together to confront the economic crisis facing our nation.”
Hodes would still need to secure the Democratic nomination, and may face a primary challenge from Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, who is mulling her own bid.