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NH Senate/Congress Polls (Good News)

After trailing in polls for a year, Republican Sen. John Sununu has pulled close to even with Democratic challenger Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire’s U.S. Senate race, according to a new University of New Hampshire poll.Shaheen, a former three-term governor who lost to Sununu in the 2002 Senate election, led by 12 points in the last UNH poll in the race, in April.

The latest telephone poll, conducted July 11 to 20, gives Shaheen 46 points to 42 for Sununu. The difference is just within the poll’s margin of error plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.

Nearly three-quarters of the 475 likely voters surveyed said they have not definitely decided whom they will support. Those still trying to decide include large majorities of both registered Republicans and registered Democrats.

Congress Races:

In the 2nd Congressional District, more likely voters hold a favorable view of freshman Democrat Paul Hodes than an unfavorable view, according to poll.

However, two-thirds of those surveyed said they didn’t know enough to have opinions about even the best-known Republicans competing for the GOP nomination to challenge Hodes.

In the 1st District, those surveyed split roughly evenly on whether they viewed freshman Democrat Carol Shea-Porter favorably. Republican Jeb Bradley — whom she ousted two years ago — was viewed more favorably.

Bradley has three opponents in the Republican primary seven weeks from now. Most of those surveyed said they didn’t know enough about one of them — former state health commissioner John Stephen — to have an opinion of him.

Good News Sununu is back in race and Jeb Bradley stands an excellent chance of regaining his seat and winning one for us.