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Even though this poll was touched upon in the DKE section, I wanted to bring it up to highlight a few things.  PPP has some good news for us from New Hampshire.  First off, it looks like Governor Maggie Hassan (D. NH) is in good shape for re-election:

Maggie Hassan continues to be in a very strong position for reelection as Governor. 52% of voters approve of the job she's doing to only 27% who disapprove, numbers that have improved from their already strong 51/33 position in September. Hassan leads all four Republicans we tested against her by at least 20 points- it's 51/31 against Bill Binnie, 50/27 against Chuck Morse, 50/26 against George Lambert, and 51/25 against Andrew Hemingway. Hassan gets at least 16% of the Republican vote while losing only 2% of the Democratic vote in each match up, and holds substantial leads with independents. - PPP, 15/14
And things are still looking good for Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D. NH):
Although the national political climate has worsened considerably for Democrats over the last four months, the state of the New Hampshire Senate race looks much the same as it did when PPP last polled in September. Jeanne Shaheen holds a small lead over Scott Brown (46/43) and then considerably wider advantages over the rest of the GOP field- 48/34 over Bob Smith, 49/33 over Jim Rubens, and 47/30 over Karen Testerman. Her leads over those four candidates were 4 points, 16, 17, and 19 respectively last time so the positive movement for Republicans has only been 1-2 points across the board. - PPP, 1/15/14
Shaheen's approval rating is at 44/43 whereas President Obama's approval rating is at 41/53.  Now who do GOP voters like the most for their candidate?  The clown:
Brown is the preferred candidate of New Hampshire Republicans for now, with 42% saying he'd be their choice to 11% each for Andy Martin and Bob Smith, 8% for Jim Rubens, and 7% for Karen Testerman. We also found potential signs of trouble for Brown ahead if he decides to get into the race though. 48% of primary voters say they'd be less likely to support a candidate who backs an assault weapons ban to only 22% more likely to. He could also face attacks from his GOP opponents on his residency (37% are less likely to support a candidate who moved to the state to run for office, 4% more likely) and position on abortion (34% are less likely to support a pro choice candidate, 20% more likely.) - PPP, 1/15/14
It should be noted that Brown's approval in the state is 34/40.  PPP surveyed 1,354 New Hampshire voters, including 528 Republican primary voters, from January 9th-12th. The margin of error for the overall survey is +- 2.7% and for the Republican primary part it’s +-4.3%. 80% of interviews for the poll were conducted over the phone with 20% interviewed over the internet to reach respondents who don’t have landline telephones.

Other notes from PPP's poll:

63% support extending UI benefits, 58% believe climate change is man made and 60% support marriage equality.  PPP notes that Senator Kelly Ayotte (R. NH) made the right decision voting in favor of extending UI benefits hence why her approval is now at 42/38.  Good news that Ayotte is not challenging Hassan because she would lead her 46/40.  But we'll see if Ayotte's approval will slip if she votes against raising the minimum wage.  60% of New Hampshire voters support raising the minimum wage.  So if you live in New Hampshire, please do tell Senator Ayotte to support raising the minimum wage:

(202) 224-3324  

All in all, good news for Democrats in New Hampshire going into 2014.  If you would like to donate or get involved with either Hassan or Shaheen's campaigns, you can do so here:
MADBURY, NH - NOVEMBER 4:  Former New Hampshire Governor and Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jeanne Shaheen exits the voting booth November 4, 2008 at Madbury Town Hall in Madbury, New Hampshire. Shaheen is in a tight race with incumbent Republican U.S. Senator John Sununu (R-NH).  (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

Originally posted to pdc on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 06:00 PM PST.

Also republished by Take New Hampshire Forward! and The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party.

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    by poopdogcomedy on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 06:00:16 PM PST

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    Because Republicans still don't look bad enough!

    Dick Cheney 2/14/10: "I was a big supporter of waterboarding"

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    2 middle-east names are strongly positioned, specially hassan which root is the same as hussein ☺

    PS- My oldest son is David-Hassan, 2 strong jewish and muslim names.

    Un pour tous et tous pour un aka United we stand

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  •  William Loeb must be spinning (0+ / 0-)

    in his grave over such developments.

    (Loeb was the longtime right-wing Publisher of the Manchester Union Leader.  He was a key player in the ratfucking against Edmund Muskie in 1972.  For a truly bizarrely funny experience read Kevin Cash's "Who the Hell is William Loeb?"  Cash was a disgruntled staffer fired by Loeb and so he wrote a tell-all.  This one even has an appendix with Loeb's epithets against certain politicians and others - for example, he called Robert F. Kennedy a "copperhead" and Massachusetts' Senator Leverett Saltonstall "that fatuous ass".  His front page editorials were a key factor in keeping New Hampshire red for many years.  He would be severely depressed seeing how blue the Granite State has become.)  

    The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness. -- John Kenneth Galbraith

    by Kangaroo on Thu Jan 16, 2014 at 07:26:10 AM PST

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