With the November election drawing closer, New Hampshire Democrat Sen. Jeanne Shaheen has slipped into a dead heat with former Massachusetts Republican Sen. Scott Brown, apparently dragged down by President Barack Obama's unpopularity, a University of New Hampshire poll shows.
The WMUR Granite State Poll
, released Thursday, found Shaheen just 2 points ahead of Brown, 46-44 — within the poll's plus or minus 4 point margin of error.
The same poll last month had Shaheen ahead by 12 points, Politico reported
The poll noted Obama’s unpopularity is pulling Shaheen's numbers south; Obama’s approval rating is 37 percent, with 59 percent disapproving.
Brown, who moved to New Hampshire last December, faces a Republican primary Sept. 9; the poll showed Shaheen currently leading former GOP Sen. Bob Smith and Republican ex-state Sen. Jim Rubens by 14 points.
Shaheen is losing ground to Brown even though her personal favorability is high: 48 percent have a good opinion of her, while 36 percent view her unfavorably, the poll noted.
Not so for Brown; he’s viewed positively by 36 percent and negatively by 38 percent.
The Shaheen campaign blamed attack ads for her poor polling.
“We’ve been ready for a competitive race since Day One and we are running the kind of grass-roots campaign that New Hampshire deserves,” Shaheen campaign manager Mike Vlacich told Politico.
New Hampshire GOP chair Jennifer Horn told Politico the polls are tightening because Shaheen isn't connecting with voters.
“New Hampshire voters are souring on Jeanne Shaheen because she has been an absentee senator who ignores her constituents and votes with President Obama 99 percent of the time,” she argued.
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