Democrat Jeanne Shaheen Sets Fundraising Record in NH Senate Race

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Tuesday, 08 Jul 2014 09:57 AM

By Jennifer G. Hickey

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The campaign of New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen announced Monday that she raised $2.8 million between April and June, which represents a second-quarter fundraising record, and was $800,000 more than her likely Republican rival Scott Brown brought in during the same period, according to WMUR TV.

Brown has four other rivals in the race for the Republican nomination, which will be decided in September.

Unlike many of her Democratic colleagues in the Senate, Shaheen also holds a comfortable lead in the polls as the campaigns head into the long summer months. In two separate polls conducted in June, Shaheen had a double-digit lead over Brown. In an ARG poll of registered voters, she leads 50 to 38, and in a Suffolk University/Boston Herald poll of likely voters, the margin is 49 to 39. Both polls were taken June 14-18. Those surveys are in line with the 10-point advantage in the average of polls.

Brown gained notoriety when he defeated Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, a Democrat, in the 2010 Massachusetts special election to succeed Sen. Ted Kennedy. But he lost to Elizabeth Warren in the 2012 election.

Just before the July 4th holiday, former Republican presidential nominee and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney traveled to New Hampshire to formally endorse Brown, but some questioned whether the visit was wise, given Democrats are trying to paint him as a "Massachusetts carpetbagger."

However, it is notable that in the Suffolk University/Boston Herald poll, Romney led the potential field of GOP 2016 presidential candidates by a 2-1 margin.

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