Poll: Hassan leading N.H. GOP challengers

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DURHAM, N.H. (AP) - A new poll shows that Gov. Maggie Hassan is leading both of her Republican challengers, who face off in a primary on Sept. 9.

The WMUR Granite State Poll shows Hassan ahead of Walt Havenstein, 49 percent to 32 percent. She's ahead of Andrew Hemingway by 20 points, 51 percent to 31 percent.

The poll shows that both challengers are still not well known in the state. Pollster Andy Smith of the University of New Hampshire Survey Center, which conducted the poll, said he expects that margin to shrink after a winner is chosen in the primary.

The telephone poll of 827 randomly selected New Hampshire adults was conducted from Aug. 7-17 and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.


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