New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen maintained a significant, single-digit lead in a new Democratic tracking poll.
The survey, obtained by CQ Roll Call, found the Democrat ahead 50 percent to 44 percent against former Sen. Scott P. Brown, R-Mass.
Kiley & Company conducted the poll for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. According to a polling memo, it found Shaheen with a 7-point net favorable rating, while Brown's was 7 points underwater. The senator led by 15 points among women and by 7 points among independents, while Brown led by 4 points among men. The incumbent also led by 33 points on the question of which candidate "is committed to New Hampshire." Brown, who briefly represented Massachusetts in the U.S. Senate after serving as a state legislator there, crossed the border to challenge Shaheen. His entrance instantly put the seat in play for Republicans, who need a net gain of six seats to win the Senate majority.
The poll of 600 likely voters was taken Oct. 7-9 and had a 4-point margin of error. Voters were interviewed on both landline and mobile phones.
The New Hampshire Senate race is rated Leans Democratic by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.
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