Senate Boost for Dems as New Hampshire Poll Gives Hassan Lead

The Democratic senator for New Hampshire, Maggie Hassan, has been given a boost in her bid to retain her seat in the midterm elections after a poll revealed she has stolen a march on her Republican rival, Don Bolduc.

The Granite State is one of the 10 key states that are expected to decide the majority in the U.S. Senate which is split 50-50. Hassan's numbers have lagged in the state, as have President Joe Biden's, making it a tricky prospect for her re-election.

But the survey by Emerson College polling found that Hassan is leading Bolduc, who only won the GOP nomination on Tuesday, by 11 percentage points, 51 percent to 40 percent.

Spencer Kimball, executive director of Emerson College Polling said that women support Hassan by a 16-point margin, while for men it is by six points.

Senator Maggie Hassan
Incumbent Democratic Senate candidate, U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH) speaks to media after casting her vote in the New Hampshire Primary at Newfields Town Hall on September 13, 2022. An Emerson College/WHDH New Hampshire General Election poll puts Hassan 11 points clear of her GOP rival Don Bolduc. Scott Eisen/Getty Images

Meanwhile, Hassan is 12 points clear among independents while her favorability is 10 points higher than her rival, 51 percent to 41 percent.

The poll of likely voters conducted on September 14 and 15 had a margin of error of 3.4 percentage points and found that six percent of respondents were undecided, while four percent planned to support someone else. Newsweek has contacted the campaigns of Hassan and Bolduc for comment.

Bolduc campaigned for the GOP nomination saying that he believed the false claims that Biden had not beaten the former president Donald Trump in 2020.

But after his victory, the retired army brigadier changed his mind about the so-called Big Lie, telling Fox News that "after a lot of research" he had concluded Biden was indeed "the legitimate president of this country."

During a primary debate in August he had said he stood by a letter with 120 other generals and admirals saying Trump won the election.

Trump did not make an endorsement in the New Hampshire GOP Senate primary but did congratulate Bolduc on his Truth Social platform post, whose screenshot was tweeted by Bolduc's campaign with the message: "Strong words from President Trump. Thank you, sir!"

However, Hassan's campaign spokesman Kevin Donohoe accused Bolduc of trying "to erase his record of election denial", and that "he can't hide from that record" of promoting Trump's falsehoods, CNN reported.

Last week, Hassan said that Biden had taken "too long" to address inflation" telling Fox Business she believed "we still have work to do on lowering energy costs."

She said she had pushed for Biden to release more oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve and was now lobbying to increase funding for heating aid for this winter.