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New Hampshire Senate Race
July 15, 2010 Content provided by DDC Advocacy
In the early stages of this election cycle, it appeared that of the five competitive GOP open Senate seats (Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, New Hampshire, and Ohio) New Hampshire appeared to be the most endangered of switching to the Democrats. Now, the Granite State appears to be in the strongest position of those aforementioned places. According to a new Rasmussen Reports poll (7/12; 500 likely NH voters) all four Republican candidates have an advantage over sophomore Rep. Paul Hodes (D-NH-2) in Senate general election ballot test pairings. Former state Attorney General Kelly Ayotte does the best. She leads Hodes 49-37%. Wealthy businessman Bill Binnie is next, leading Hodes by a similar 49-38%; businessman Jim Bender is up 43-39%; and even former gubernatorial nominee Ovide Lamontagne, who most say is too conservative to win the general election, has an 43-40% advantage over the western state Congressman. Ayotte has been polling well from all sources, but this is the first time that any study has shown all four Republicans to have an edge over Hodes when isolated in head-to-head competition. In order for the GOP to score major gains in the 2010 elections, they must hold all five of these crucial open seats.