A new poll shows Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump pulling ahead of rival Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire, as the Democratic nominee begins to drag on her party’s U.S. Senate candidate.
The poll, by InsideSources-NH Journal, shows Trump leading Clinton, 44.6% to 42.9%, in a five-way race (including Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson, Green Party candidate Jill Stein, and independent candidate Evan McMullin). The gap is well within the poll’s 5.1% margin of error.
In addition, Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), who has struggled throughout the race, has pulled ahead of Democratic challenger Gov. Maggie Hassan, 49.1% to 27% — again, within the margin of error.
Inside Sources reports:
While Ayotte’s disagreements with Trump appear to be having a minimal effect on the race for Senate, perhaps the issue that could ultimately determine the election is the decision by Hassan to tie herself closely to the top of the Democratic ticket. Hassan has repeatedly said she believes Clinton is honest and trustworthy, and the Democratic Senate candidate is a strong supporter of policy proposals put forward by Clinton. With the national race favoring Clinton, New Hampshire voters seem to be interested in electing a Senator who could serve as a check on a Democratic president.
The poll was taken before last Friday’s announcement that the FBI would be re-opening its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email server. That announcement came as Trump campaigned in Manchester, New Hampshire.
Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News. His new book, See No Evil: 19 Hard Truths the Left Can’t Handle, is available from Regnery through Amazon. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.