The latest New Hampshire senate poll has Kelly Ayotte’s lead growing (09/17/09)
On the heels of a poll that showed Republican Kelly Ayotte ahead of Democrat Paul Hodes 47-43 percent in the race to fill the seat held by the retiring Judd Gregg, comes a Rasmussen poll that shows lead already expanding.
Rasmussen Reports says it polled 500 likely general election voters in an automated telephone survey on Wednesday and found Ayotte leading Hodes, 51 to 44 percent.
Kelly Ayotte’s lead has jumped to seven points just a few days removed from a tough primary election.
And there is even more good news for Kelly Ayotte:
The poll showed that Ayotte is viewed favorably by 56 percent and unfavorably by 39 percent.
The poll has 44 percent viewing Hodes favorably, 48 percent unfavorably
Kelly Ayotte’s favorability rating is well above 50% while Paul Hodes’s rating is below 50%. The voters know Paul Hodes and a majority of voters do not agree with him; meanwhile Kelly Ayotte is still somewhat of an unknown with many voters so it is possible that her number may come down as the election draws closer and Paul Hodes goes negative–he has already called her a radical, and that was before she was declared the winner. I like to think it will climb as voters decide she is a better option than continuing more of the same failed Obama policies.
The New Hampshire senate seat will prove to be a vital seat to whichever party picks it up. If Kelly Ayotte is able to win this seat she will be a valuable Republican “hold” from a state that had been trending blue over the last few election cycles. If Paul Hodes wins this seat it will help to offset Democrat losses expected in other states.
The race is just beginning, it hasn’t even heated up yet but we know one thing for sure. This is an important seat and it is going to get very interesting over the next two months.