Poll Shows Big Shift In New Hampshire Governor’s Race


With a week to go before Election Day, a poll released Monday evening indicated that the election for New Hampshire governor could be closer than previously thought.

The poll by New England College showed New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) leading her challenger Republican Walt Havenstein by just 0.3 percent — 47.2 percent to 46.9 percent.

It was the first poll released showing the race this close. New England College’s recent polling on the race had given Hassan a comfortable lead, with last week’s poll showing a 8.2 percent difference.

“Hassan has maintained a consistent lead, but over the past week the race has become a toss-up” said Wayne Lesperance of New England College in a press release. While the poll could end up an outlier, it is a noteworthy shift so close to Election Day.

The automated telephone poll was conducted on Oct. 24th and surveyed 1,132 likely voters with a margin of error of 2.91 percent.

The TPM PollTracker average on Tuesday showed a 5 point lead for Hassan.

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