Elections

New Hampshire Senate race tightens

Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) in the halls of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C., June 4, 2013. (Pete Marovich/MCT)
Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) in the halls of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C., June 4, 2013. (Pete Marovich/MCT) MCT

The New Hampshire Senate race has tightened as incumbent Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is ahead of opponent Scott Brown by 3 percentage points in a new Suffolk University/Boston Herald poll released Monday.

Shaheen, a Democrat, is ahead 49 to 46 percent in the poll, conducted Thursday through Sunday. In June, she had a 10 percentage point lead.

Brown, a Republican, was a U.S. senator from Massachusetts from 2010 until 2013. He is viewed in New Hampshire as unfavorable by 48 percent, while Shaheen is seen that way by 42 percent.

The gender gap that helps Democrats with women and helps Republicans with men was evident. Shaheen was up among women by 9 but losing men by 4.

Brown, though, still has not won over all the Republicans. He “has not been able to totally shake off the bitterness from supporters of his nine Republican challengers in the September GOP primary,” said a poll analysis.

“Among these core voters who didn’t vote for Brown in the Republican primary, Brown received 49 percent to Shaheen’s 42 percent, with 9 percent not sure.”

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