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NH Election News from Hassan, Kuster, Porter, and Aaron Gill

In this update:

  • Hassan leads Lamontagne by 7 points
  • Carol Shea-Porter and Congressman Guinta statistically tied
  • Ann Kuster leads Congressman Bass by 5 points
  • Congressman Bass reaffirms his position behind the Romney Ryan plan to cut medicare
  • Carol Shea-Porter respond to Political Fact on Vets TV Ad
  • Aaron Gill For NH House Receives Endorsement from AFT-NH

PPP Poll: Hassan leading Lamontagne by 7 points in governor’s race

MANCHESTER, N.H. —A new poll from the liberal Progressive Change Campaign Committee suggests Democrat Maggie Hassan is ahead of Republican Ovide Lamontagne by 7 percentage points in the state’s race for governor.

The poll, conducted for the PCCC by Public Policy Polling, surveyed 862 likely voters and found Hassan leading 51 percent to 44 percent with 5 percent undecided. The poll was conducted on Monday and Tuesday and the margin of error is +/- 3.3 percent. (Full PPP poll results).

This is the third Democratic poll released this week in the race for governor, all showing Hassan with narrow leads. Their release comes at a time when Hassan is trying to raise significant campaign cash. She began the general election two weeks ago with a significant fundraising disadvantage compared to Lamontagne.

“Maggie Hassan is inspiring Granite State voters with her vision of a government that works for middle-class families,” said Neil Sroka, spokesman for the Progressive Change Campaign Committee.”

Read more: http://www.wmur.com/political-scoop/PPP-Poll-Hassan-leading-Lamontagne-by-7-points-in-governor-s-race/-/16254890/16774758/-/oauhd1/-/index.html#ixzz27lxAXogL

John DiStaso’s Granite Status: New poll by pro-Democratic group shows Shea-Porter, Guinta tied; Kuster leading Bass

FRIDAY, SEPT. 28, UPDATE: MORE POLLING. A new poll commissioned by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, a liberal PAC, shows Republican incumbent Frank Guinta and Democratic challenger Carol Shea-Porter in a statistical tie in the 1st Congressional District race and Democrat Ann Mclane Kuster with a small lead over Republican Rep. Charlie Bass in the 2nd District.

The poll was completed by Public Policy Polling on Sept. 24 and 25.

Sampling 401 likely voters in the 1st District, the poll showed Shea-Porter at 48 percent and Guinta at 47 percent with 4 percent undecided. The margin of error is 4.9 percent.

Sampling 461 likely voters in the 2nd District Kuster leads Bass, 51 to 46 percent with 4 percent undecided. The margin of error is 4.6 percent. (Emphasis added)

Earlier today, PCCC released polling by Public Policy Polling in the gubernatorial race showing Democrat Maggie Hassan leading Republican Ovide Lamontagne, 51 to 44 percent. The sample was 862 likely voters with a margin of error of 3.3 percent.

The PCCC also endorsed Shea-Porter today. It endorsed Kuster in September 2011.

“Voters know that Tea Party Republicans like Charlie Bass and Frank Guinta are blocking progress in Washington. Annie Kuster and Carol Shea Porter will be champions for working families, not Wall Street banks and big insurance companies,” said PCCC spokesman Neil Sroka.

“We are proud to endorse them and mobilize our nearly 5,600 New Hampshire members to help them win,” he said.

Read more: http://www.unionleader.com/article/20120928/NEWS0602/709279922

Congressman Bass Reaffirms His Support for Romney-Ryan Ticket

“After another day of campaigning with Paul Ryan, Congressman Bass has reaffirmed what we already know to be true: he has thrown his full weight behind a presidential ticket that has written off half of the country, and that has promised an agenda that will hurt New Hampshire families. Congressman Bass can continue calling himself a sensible moderate, but New Hampshire voters know there is nothing sensible or moderate about doubling-down on the Romney-Ryan-Bass plan that would end Medicare as we know it and give additional tax breaks to millionaires.”

Team Shea-Porter responded to New Hampshire Politifact’s statement disputing the full accuracy of the Vets Ad with the following statement.

“Politifact generally does good work, although there has been at times surprised and legitimate disagreement with their judgments, and their judgment about our ad on Vets has really astounded us, since WMUR fact-checked and said ‘there was at least one instance where Guinta made a vote that would cut benefits.’ We cited multiple governmental sources and articles as proof, including Time Magazine, which on April 8, 2011, had an article by Rajiv Srinivasan (who was a Stryker platoon leader in Afghanistan) titled “The Budget Ax: Why Homeless Veterans But Not NASCAR?” Srinivasan wrote, ‘Unfortunately, in the recent round of intense budget cuts in Congress, this small funding for the homeless-shelter project was slashed, along with a total of $75 million in homeless-veteran benefits.’”

In addition, just reading Politifact’s statement shows the cuts are real:

“… White House officials and political analysts alike note the House Republicans’ budget also includes $798 billion in undefined cuts to discretionary spending… Obama campaign officials note that, if applied evenly across the board, the budget could cost the V.A. $11 billion by 2014.”

We respectfully disagree with Politifact, since we have repeatedly verified and listed our sources, printed below, and we stand by our ad.

Aaron Gill for NH House: Deering Goffstown, Weare. NHGill.com

The Gill for NH State Rep campaign is picking up steam! This week, I earned endorsements from the New Hampshire AFL-CIO, and New Hampshire’s teacher’s union: AFT-NH. I’m very proud of these endorsements, as well as my two previous: the Professional Firefighters of NH and the Victory Fund.

This week, Granite State Progress released report cards for every current legislator. I encourage you to peruse the record of my opponent, Free Stater Mark Warden: http://www.granitestateprogress.org/legislator/warden

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