PPP's newest New Hampshire poll finds both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders leading the Republican field in the state, although Sanders does an average of 9 points better than Clinton in the general election match ups.
The Republican who comes closest to Clinton is Marco Rubio, who trails by 3 points at 45/42. The rest of the Republican hopefuls lose by wider margins than Mitt Romney did in the state in 2012- Jeb Bush trails by 6 at 46/40, Ted Cruz is down 8 at 48/40, Ben Carson has an 11 point deficit at 50/39, and Donald Trump does the worst with a 14 point gap at 50/36.
Sanders is the only candidate with a positive favorability rating among the overall electorate in the state, and it's a very positive rating- 55% of voters see him positively to only 35% who have a negative opinion. He leads the entire GOP field by double digits- it's 12 points over Bush at 50/38, 14 points over Rubio at 51/37, 19 over Carson at 53/34, and 20 points over both Trump and Cruz at 54/34 and 55/35 respectively.
The New Hampshire Senate race remains a toss up. Kelly Ayotte gets 44% to 42% for Maggie Hassan. Every poll PPP has done of this race in the last year has found the candidates within 2 points of each other. Hassan continues to be more popular with a 48/39 approval rating to Ayotte's 41/43 approval spread. The reason Hassan's numbers are so much better is that she has a 79% approval rating with Democrats to Ayotte's 66% approval with Republicans- but when it comes to the head to head Ayotte's 83% of the Republican vote is basically the same as Hassan's 82% of the Democratic vote. So while Ayotte faces more dissension within her own party than Hassan does in hers, they get to the same level of support when it comes to the general. Ayotte owes her slight overall edge to a 40/36 advantage with independents.
The Governor's race is very tight as well, with 42% of voters saying they'd pick a Democrat and 42% saying they'd pick a Republican if the election was today. Chris Sununu has modest leads over both Mark Connolly (38/36) and Colin Van Ostern (39/35), but those are largely a function of his having 65% name recognition compared to just 25% for Van Ostern and 17% for Connolly. The Democrats both lead Frank Edelbut- Connolly by a 31/24 spread, Van Ostern by a 30/25 one- perhaps a function of Edelblut's being even less well known than they are.
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