October 7th, 2010
01:40 PM ET
12 years ago

Poll: Democrats closing gap in New Hampshire Senate race?

(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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Filed under: 2010 • Kelly Ayotte • New Hampshire • Paul Hodes
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. stevegee

    Closing the gap? It should say Obama and the Democrats are closing down freedom and liberty! They have already piled too much of their leftist ideology onto the backs of our citizens, including ObamaCareless, Stimulust, Cap-and-Tax, Czars out the wazoo, and soon the largest tax hike in history. Plus, 70 Democrat members of Congress are also members of The Socialist Party of America. We cannot afford any more of their “change.” Otherwise, we won’t live in the land of the free, but the home of the enslaved.

    On November 2nd, vote for the American principles of freedom and liberty, vote Conservative, vote Republican.

    October 7, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  2. Lori in St Pete

    On the nikki haley thread, 26 Days until Socialism dies in the United States said:

    "Haley will win this easily. DemocRATS are extinct in South Carolina. Hopefully even more so after November 2. Our survival depends on it."

    In other words, alvin greene is a rethugliban/teabagger plant. The fed should really look into election irregularites in that heavily rethugliban state, as greene got more votes in heavily rethugliban districts than there are registered voters. Not that anyone expects a dem to win in SC, but it would serve the rethugliban right if greene won demented's seat. Perhaps they would learn their lesson about sabotaging elections.

    October 7, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  3. gt

    not going to happen ,, just a poly to raise more money...

    October 7, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  4. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Wakeup out there people. The Republicans are using "code language" instead of specifications because only 2% of rich Americans know what they mean and that doesn't include you. So stop asking them for specifications and listen to their "codes", got it "CODES".

    October 7, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  5. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    What happened to the GOP arrogance and promises of a tidal wave? I love how Boener and the GOP establishment are running around guaranteeing they will win back the majority. Americans are finally starting to wise-up and see the Republicans for what they really are. Puppets for Big $ corporate special interests that don't give a hoot about the American worker. All they want to do is give corporate welfare and hand-outs for the wealthiest people that finance their agenda.

    October 7, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  6. stufthis

    New republican election funding motto, "When we just say, Howdy,' we get millions from the Saudis. Only 26 days until the republicans start paying back their foreign campaign donors.

    October 7, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  7. vic nashville tn

    Democrats closing gap in Nevada now in New Hampshire democrats will keep the senate
    Foreign money can’t buy us

    October 7, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  8. stufthis

    The child like right wingnuts say they want their country back. I am not sure how we can get them back to the 1700's, but we need to try.
    For what it is worth, America is my country too, and I am willing to share it with 350 million people, because our strength is in our diversity and working together. Vote for the democratic party so we will go forward together, not backward.

    October 7, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  9. stufthis

    On the previous O'Donnell article; how can you expect her to stand up against the terrorists when she cannot even be interviewed on main stream unbiased media?

    October 7, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  10. T'SAH from Virginia

    NH better ‘catch on’ and KEEP OUT Palin-Endorsed candidates!! Palin is only IN IT to WIN IT in 2012, which is going to be a LOSING BATTLE for her anyway. She’s seeking ‘paybacks’ and have NO CONCERN for the VOTERS/RESIDENCE of NH. cyYotte is the same!!!!

    NH DEMOCRATS – We already have the EAST SIDE under control in an attempt to keep it BLUE and you are almost there!! We do not need EXTREMIST – nor do we need OUTSIDERS coming in the state trying to take over to score BROWNIE POINTS!!! These races are LOCAL!!

    MOST of the funds pouring in to get cyYotte elected are DIRTY MONEY – coming from foreign interest, BIG CORPS and BIG/Small Corporation/CORPs and the ‘corrupted far-right’!! These BILLIONAIRE$/MILLIONAIRES are trying to SCARE YOU or CORRUPT your MIND into making you believe that the candidate of their choice – in this case cyYotte – is the candidate you should be voting for!!! Please take notice of the NASTY ADS on TV – the Ads where nine times out of ten the candidates DOES NOT ‘approve the message”. To follow up, the candidates in question would NEVER repudiate the Ad either – they HIDE behind them – THOSE ADS!!!

    DEMOCRATS in NH – continue to STATE the CASE and mean it – UNITE the BASE and be proud of it – WIN the RACE in November 2010!!!

    This is T'SAH from Virginia – representing the EAST SIDE of America – and I approve this message!!

    October 7, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |