NEC poll: Senate race still dead heat; Hassan leading Havenstein

The latest poll tonight from New England College shows the U.S. Senate race in an absolute dead heat while Gov. Maggie Hassan leads Republican challenger Walt Havenstein by 8 percentage points.


Splitting hairs, Republican Scott Brown is up on Sen. Jeanne Shaheen 47.7 to 47.3 percent. But with the margin of error at 3.2 percent, the race, as the NEC Polling Institute put it, “couldn’t be tighter.


Last week’s poll showed Brown leading Shaheen 48 to 46.9 percent, also well within the margin of error.


This week’s NEC poll conducted for NH1, also showed that Hassan maintained a lead outside of the 3.2 percent margin of error over Havenstein — 50.7 to 42.5 percent. According to this poll, her lead is actually up a bit over last week, when she led, 48.7 to 43.5 percent.


The 1st Congressional District race remains a dead heat as well, with Republican Frank Guinta over Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, 47.4 to 45.7 percent, well within the 4.5 percent margin of error. Last week, Guinta led 46.3 to 43.5 percent.


In the 2nd Congressional District Democratic U.S. Rep. Ann Kuster 48.7 to 43.2 percent, with a margin of error of 4.5 percent; last week Kuster led, 46.1 to 42.5 percent.


For detailed poll results click here.


Also Wednesday the League of Conservation Voters, which has endorsed Shahen, released a poll – conducted by Public Policy Polling — showing Shaheen leading Brown, 49 to 45 percent, and Hassan leading Havenstein, 53 to 43 percent.


For full poll results click here and here.


Author: John DiStaso

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