November 1st, 2010
09:15 PM ET
11 years ago

Candidates pull ahead in New Hampshire

(CNN) - The Republican Senate candidate and the Democratic gubernatorial candidate in New Hampshire are heading into Election Day with comfortable leads over their opponents, according to a new poll.

In the WMUR/UNH New Hampshire Election Poll released Monday, three-term incumbent Democratic Gov. John Lynch leads his Republican opponent, John Stephen, a former state official by 8 percentage points among likely voters, 49 percent to 41 percent. Two percent support the Libertarian candidate and 7 percent are undecided.

In the Senate race, Republican Kelly Ayotte is leading Democrat Paul Hodes, 54 percent to 36 percent among likely voters. One percent of voters support the Independent candidate and 8 percent of voters are undecided.

New Hampshire holds additional importance because it is the first primary state of the presidential election.

Earlier this year three potential presidential hopefuls visited the state, including Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, 2008 presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, and Republican Governors Association and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour.

The most recent poll was taken between October 27 and October 31 and has a sampling error of plus or minus 3.3 percent.

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