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New Hampshire Senate

Candidates

Jeanne Shaheen

Jeanne Shaheen (D)

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John Sununu*

John Sununu* (R)*

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New Hampshire Snapshot

RCP Senate Ranking: Leans Dem

Senate Race:
Presidential Race:

Competitive House Races: NH-1


Key 2006 State Races: Governor | NH-2

2004 President: Kerry (D) vs. Bush (R)
2004 Senate: Haddock (D) vs. Gregg (R)


Polling Data

PollDateSampleShaheen (D)Sununu (R)Spread
Final Results----51.745.3Shaheen +6.4
RCP Average10/27 - 11/2--50.841.2Shaheen +9.6
WMUR/UNH10/30 - 11/2831 LV4842Shaheen +6
Rasmussen10/30 - 10/30700 LV5244Shaheen +8
SurveyUSA10/29 - 10/30682 LV5340Shaheen +13
ARG10/28 - 10/30600 LV5341Shaheen +12
Suffolk10/27 - 10/29600 LV4839Shaheen +9

All New Hampshire Senate Polling Data

Race Summary

Former Gov. Jeanne Shaheen is challenging Sen. John Sununu in a rematch of their 2002 open seat contest. Sununu\'s route to the Senate six years ago was no easy one. He took down incumbent Sen. Bob Smith in the GOP primary (though Smith was unpopular), then defeated Shaheen, who was finishing up her third term as governor. At 38 years old, Sununu became the youngest member of the Senate, a title he still holds.

The two now meet again under rather different circumstances. In 2006 both GOP congressmen were knocked out by Democrats, a Democrat held on to the governorship with 76% of the vote, and Dems won the majority in both the state House and Senate. Democrats hadn\'t controlled the House in almost 100 years and hadn\'t controlled both the executive and legislative branches since the 1800s. New Hampshire was also the only state to vote against Bush in 2004 after voting for him in 2000.

Sununu has been criticized by both liberals and conservatives for some of his legislative votes. With the tide  appearing to still flow against Republicans here -- especially those who aren\'t terribly popular --Sununu will have a serious struggle to hold on to this seat that national Democrats are hanging a bull\'s eye on.

Previous Election Results

Senate
2004: Gregg (R) 66, Haddock (D) 34
2002: Sununu (R) 51, Shaheen (D) 47
1998: Gregg (R) 68, Condodemetraky (D) 28
1996: Smith (R) 49, Swett (D) 46 

President
2004: Kerry (D) 50, Bush (R) 49
2000: Bush (R) 48, Gore (D) 47
1996: Clinton (D) 49, Dole (D) 39

Demographics

Population (2007 est.): 1,315,828 
Registered Voters: Dem 29.2% | Rep 30.6% | Other 40.2%
Occupation: Blue Collar 24.1% | White Collar 62.4% | Gray Collar 13.4%
Race: White 95.1% | Hispanic 1.7% | Asian 1.3% | Black 0.7%

Polling Data

PollDateSampleShaheen (D)Sununu (R)Spread
Final Results----51.745.3Shaheen +6.4
RCP Average10/27 - 11/2--50.841.2Shaheen +9.6
WMUR/UNH10/30 - 11/2831 LV4842Shaheen +6
Rasmussen10/30 - 10/30700 LV5244Shaheen +8
SurveyUSA10/29 - 10/30682 LV5340Shaheen +13
ARG10/28 - 10/30600 LV5341Shaheen +12
Suffolk10/27 - 10/29600 LV4839Shaheen +9
Strategic Vision (R)10/27 - 10/29800 LV4841Shaheen +7
WMUR/UNH10/25 - 10/27652 LV5036Shaheen +14
Associated Press-GfK10/22 - 10/26600 LV4741Shaheen +6
Rasmussen10/23 - 10/23700 LV5246Shaheen +6
Boston Globe/UNH10/18 - 10/22725 LV4936Shaheen +13
Concord Monitor10/17 - 10/19600 LV5043Shaheen +7
ARG10/6 - 10/8600 LV5142Shaheen +9
SurveyUSA10/4 - 10/5647 LV4840Shaheen +8
Rasmussen10/1 - 10/1700 LV5045Shaheen +5
Research 20009/22 - 9/24600 LV5041Shaheen +9
Strategic Vision (R)9/22 - 9/24800 LV4745Shaheen +2
Suffolk9/20 - 9/24600 LV4140Shaheen +1
Rasmussen9/23 - 9/23700 LV4552Sununu +7
National Journal/FD9/18 - 9/22403 RV4839Shaheen +9
University of New Hampshire9/14 - 9/21523 LV4844Shaheen +4
ARG9/13 - 9/15600 LV5240Shaheen +12
ARG8/18 - 8/20600 LV5241Shaheen +11
Rasmussen8/19 - 8/19700 LV5243Shaheen +9
Rasmussen7/23 - 7/23500 LV5145Shaheen +6
ARG7/19 - 7/21600 LV5836Shaheen +22
University of New Hampshire7/11 - 7/20475 LV4642Shaheen +4
Rasmussen6/18 - 6/18500 LV5339Shaheen +14
ARG6/13 - 6/17600 LV5440Shaheen +14
Rasmussen5/20 - 5/20500 LV5043Shaheen +7
Dartmouth4/28 - 5/2400 RV4636Shaheen +10
Rasmussen4/30 - 4/30500 LV5143Shaheen +8
University of New Hampshire4/25 - 4/30500 A5240Shaheen +12
ARG3/14 - 3/17541 LV4733Shaheen +14
Rasmussen3/16 - 3/16500 LV4941Shaheen +8
Rasmussen2/13 - 2/13500 LV4941Shaheen +8
University of New Hampshire1/18 - 1/27555 AV5437Shaheen +17
American Res. Group12/16 - 12/19558 RV4152Sununu +11
SurveyUSA10/26 - 10/29642 RV5342Shaheen +11
Rasmussen9/16 - 9/16800 LV4843Shaheen +5
Monitor/Research20007/9 - 7/11600 LV5634Shaheen +22
American Res. Group6/23 - 6/26533 RV5729Shaheen +28