Raleigh, N.C. – With John Lynch’s retirement, the gubernatorial race in the Granite State is wide open. All four variations of the fall contest are essentially ties. Maggie Hassan tops likely GOP nominee Ovide Lamontagne, 45-43, and challenger Kevin Smith, 42-39. Jackie Cilley ties Lamontagne at 42%, and leads Smith, 39-38. 12% to 23% of voters are undecided in these match-ups—still a lot, but down from 21-32% when PPP last polled the race in May.
There is some question who will emerge from the somewhat sleepy Democratic primary as well, but Lamontagne has a more than 2:1 edge for the GOP nod. He leads Smith by a 49-21 margin. That is down from a 53-13 advantage in May, but it should be enough to survive the next month. On the other side of the aisle, Hassan is retaining a slim lead over Cilley, 30-24, but a huge 46% are undecided, so anything could happen in the closing weeks. In the last poll, Hassan was up 23-20, with 57% not sure.