Politics

Clinton Leads In Latest New Hampshire Poll

| by Nik Bonopartis

Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton enjoys a comfortable lead in New Hampshire heading into election day, a new poll shows.

Clinton has the support of 48 percent of the state's likely voters, while Republican nominee Donald Trump has 38 percent, according to the University of New Hampshire Survey Center. Rounding out the race are Libertarian Gary Johnson, with 6 percent support, and the Green Party's Jill Stein, who is supported by 1  percent of the state's likely voters.

Down-ballot races haven't looked promising for New Hampshire Republicans either. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, the Republican incumbent, is supported by 43 percent of likely voters while Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan has 48 percent, the New Hampshire pollsters reported.

Chris Sununu, the Republicans' choice for governor, trails Democrat Colin Van Ostern, with 35 percent support to Van Ostern's 45 percent.

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While New Hampshire only awards four electoral votes to the winner in the presidential race, it's considered a key swing state.

The Clinton camp was pushing hard for last-minute votes in New Hampshire, with musician James Taylor joining the candidate for a rally on Nov. 6 and President Barack Obama stumping for his chosen successor on Nov. 7.

Volunteers for the Democrat said they'd knocked on "at least" 415,000 doors over the weekend, according to Time magazine, and a Los Angeles Times story detailed how the Clinton campaign brought out Khizr Khan, the father of an American soldier who died in combat, to condemn Trump one last time before voters head to the polls on Nov. 8.

Trump, meanwhile, planned to end his campaign with a rally in New Hampshire, and several other polls show a much tighter race in the state -- including a a Suffolk University/Boston Globe poll that found the candidates tied at 42 percent each.

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Both candidates will be competing for a shrinking pool of voters -- the University of New Hampshire poll found that 85 percent of voters had already chosen who they'll vote for, leaving a small percentage of undecided voters and political independents who could decide which way the state tips.

But as CNN reported, regardless of who wins, like the rest of the nation New Hampshire will end up with a politician disliked by the majority of voters -- both candidates are "historically unpopular" and end their campaigns with double-digit disapproval ratings from voters.

Sources: WMUR, Time, CNN, Los Angeles Times / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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