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Democrat Shaheen pulls ahead in New Hampshire

Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire is in a tight race for her Senate seat.
Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire is in a tight race for her Senate seat. McClatchy

Maybe New Hampshire won’t be a tight race after all.

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., has opened up an 8 percentage point lead over Republican Scott Brown, says a new University of New Hampshire Survey Center poll.

Shaheen would get 47 percent of likely voters, or 50 percent if those leaning toward supporting her are included. Brown has 39 percent of likely voters and 42 percent with leaners.

Republicans need a net gain of six seats to win control of the Senate, and New Hampshire was seen as a possible pickup. The poll’s analysis does offer this warning to Shaheen: “Shaheen’s margin over Brown has increased since earlier this month, but still remains within the poll’s margin of sampling error.”

And unlike many other states, where nine in 10 voters have decided how to vote, New Hampshire residents are still thinking. Sixty-five percent said they’ve definitely decided, while one in four is still trying to decide.

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