Republicans in New Hampshire are trailing behind Democrats up and down the ticket, according to a Thursday poll published by local radio station WBUR.
Sen. Kelly Ayotte experienced a 10-point drop in the recent poll, and got a low 42 percent approval rating. Current Gov. Maggie Hassan is running against Ayotte in the Senate race, and has a 50 percent approval rating.
Ayotte earned 40 percent of the vote, and Hassan took the lead with 50 percent. There is considerable room to grow in the polls, with 7 percent saying they were unsure, and 2 percent of the vote saying they preferred a third-party candidate.
Ayotte had 50 percent of the vote in a poll published at the end of June by the American Research Group. The incredible turnaround comes after the Republican National Convention, Trump’s comments against a military family, a baby, and the New Hampshire senator herself.
Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton beat Republican nominee Donald Trump by 15 points, 47 to 32 percent in the poll. Three percent voted for Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson, and 2 percent supported Green Party candidate Jill Stein.
The most troubling statistic to Republicans was 60 percent of voters said Trump is not qualified to be president. Clinton’s numbers were still high at 48 percent, but much lower than Trump’s.
Perhaps the best building block for Republicans in New Hampshire is the fact that 81 percent of likely voters responded they felt the world is more dangerous than it was before Obama was president. Trump typically does better in the polls when foreign policy is a key issue in the race, and Ayotte’s military record could enable her to rise amid that sentiment.
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