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Maggie Hassan Declares Victory Over Kelly Ayotte Despite 8-Point Deficit

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Phillip Stucky Political Reporter

New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan announced Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte is struggling in the race to keep her seat, despite Hassan having an 8-point deficit in recent polling.

“Senator Kelly Ayotte continues struggling to find her footing. Ayotte remains awkwardly unable to answer for her obvious election-year attempt to rewrite her record of putting her political party and corporate special-interest backers ahead of the people of New Hampshire, exemplified by Ayotte’s record of voting with the Koch Brothers nearly 90% of the time in her first four years in office,” Hassan communications director Aaron Jacobs wrote Monday.

“Ayotte still can’t face up to questions about how she continues to support putting Trump in the Situation Room and in control of the nuclear launch codes.”

Hassan’s announcement comes on the heels of a recent NBC poll that gave Ayotte an 8-point lead over Hassan, at 52 percent to 44 percent. Hassan carried the lead in the state as recently as late August, but the first two polls in September show Ayotte leading by an increasing margin.

The Real Clear Average gives Ayotte a 1.8 percent lead in overall polling.

Pundits remain conflicted on the race. Statistics site FiveThirtyEight projects the state will go to the Democrats, whereas UVA’s Center for Politics rates the New Hampshire Senate race as a toss-up.

The Ayotte campaign did not immediately return a request for comment.

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