Hassan Expands Lead In New Hampshire Senate Poll

Manuel Balce Ceneta

Gov. Maggie Hassan holds a nine-point advantage over incumbent Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte in a new survey of the U.S. Senate election in New Hampshire from WMUR/University of New Hampshire Granite State poll.

The Senate election in New Hampshire, pitting a Republican incumbent senator against the state's current Democratic governor, has been closely watched as Democrats attempt to retake the Senate majority.

Hassan leads the poll, 48-39, when surveying likely voters with leaners.

When WMUR/UNH surveyed in August, Hassan led the poll by just two points, 44-42, among likely New Hampshire voters. But just this month, a MassINC/WBUR poll showed the candidates tied at 47 percent.

The WMUR/UNH poll was conducted via live telephone interview from Oct. 11-17 among 724 likely voters, and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percent.

TPM's PollTracker Average for the U.S. Senate election in New Hampshire shows Hassan leading Ayotte, 45.9 to 42.2.

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