Shaheen leads Bass, Rubens, Testerman in new poll for 2014 Senate race
U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen leads former New Hampshire congressman Charlie Bass by 10 percentage points in a potential 2014 Senate match-up, according to a new poll from a Democratic firm.
Shaheen, a Democrat, would get 51 percent of the vote compared with 41 percent for Bass, a Republican and seven-term former congressman who announced this month he’s exploring a run against Shaheen in 2014.
According to the poll, Shaheen also leads other potential GOP candidates: former state senator Jim Rubens (50 percent to 33 percent), conservative activist Karen Testerman (50 percent to 31 percent), former U.S. senator Bob Smith (51 percent to 35 percent) and Dan Innis, dean of the Whittemore School of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire (52 percent to 30 percent).
The closet race would come with former Massachusetts senator Scott Brown, with Shaheen leading him, 48 percent to 44 percent.
The poll also found Gov. Maggie Hassan in strong shape for 2014, leading all potential GOP challengers by at least 15 percentage points. Voters were more split when it comes to the Legislature: on a generic ballot, 44 percent said they’d vote for a Democratic candidate while 43 percent said they’d support a Republican.
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