A poll released by Democratic-leaning polling firm Public Policy Polling (PPP) shows New Hampshire senior Senator Jeanne Shaheen significantly more vulnerable than she has appeared to date, leading some potential Republican challengers by single digits. From the Concord Monitor:
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.
The poll by Public Policy Polling was taken Sept. 13-16 and surveyed 1,038 New Hampshire voters with a 3 percent margin of error…
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.
These numbers come a week after Shaheen’s campaign sent out a fundraising email blasting former Congressman Bass, long known as a moderate, as an “extreme” “Tea Party” Republican.
Some are speculating that Shaheen took a hit for being the only member of the NH Congressional Delegation to support President Obama’s proposed resolution authorizing the use of force in Syria, which was widely opposed by NH citizens before it was scrapped by the administration in favor of a diplomatic approach. “Obama left her out on a limb on Syria,” one prominent Granite State strategist told NH Journal.