POLL: Democratic Senator Down 9 Points In Key Swing State

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Michael Ginsberg Congressional Reporter
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A new poll shows Democratic New Hampshire Sen. Maggie Hassan down nine percentage points in a hypothetical 2022 Senate matchup with Republican Gov. Chris Sununu.

The poll, conducted from Aug. 24-26 by Saint Anselm College, found 49% support for Sununu, 40% support for Hassan, 6% choosing someone else, and 4% undecided. Saint Anselm College surveyed 1,855 registered voters, with a margin of error of 2.3%.

Sununu, who has not declared his candidacy, held a 45-24 edge among moderate registered voters, and a 50-34 edge among registered voters who had not declared a political party.

Hassan, Sununu’s predecessor as governor, defeated Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte in 2016 by 1,017 votes. She has been repeatedly rated one of the most vulnerable Senate Democrats for 2022. One of the more moderate members of the Democratic Caucus, Hassan has expressed skepticism about eliminating the filibuster. She was also part of a bipartisan group of 21 senators who negotiated the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. (RELATED: More Democrats Are Skeptical Of Killing The Filibuster)

One of her IT staffers pled guilty in 2019 to stealing data from Senate servers to doxx Senate Republicans during Brett Kavanaugh’s Senate confirmation hearings.

Sununu won his 2020 election against Democrat Dan Feltes and Libertarian Darryl Perry and is serving his third term in office. He garnered more than 65% of the vote.

Sununu recently appeared with Republican Florida Sen. and National Republican Senatorial Committee chairman Rick Scott at a Belknap County GOP fundraiser and dinner. Following the dinner, Scott told Fox News, “I hope he runs for the Senate, and I’m going to do my best to get him there.”