Scott Brown’s Senate bid in New Hampshire is going about as well as his last Senate bid in Massachusetts. That is to say, he’s likely to remain known as a former senator.
A new poll from NBC News/Marist has Brown, the Republican candidate, down eight percentage points in his race against Democrat incumbent Jeanne Shaheen in the coming November US Senate election. Among New Hampshire registered voters, Shaheen pulled in 50 percent of the vote to Scott Brown’s 42 percent. Just six percent of people said they were undecided, a number smaller than the difference between the two candidates. The poll has a margin of error of 2.7 percent.
That result is fairly consistent with a recent poll from WMUR/University of New Hampshire that showed a 12-point advantage for Shaheen in the race. Despite landing endorsements from prominent national Republicans Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush, Brown remains at an arm’s length, if not an arm and a half.
While Shaheen has a 52-39 percent favorable-unfavorable rating, Brown received a 40-39 percent rating. Basically, voters are high on Shaheen, and relatively cool on Brown.
The money, too, has favored Shaheen. The Boston Globe reports that Shaheen raised $2.8 million from April to June, while Brown has raised a little over $2 million in that same time.
Brown won Massachusetts’ special election in 2010 after Ted Kennedy’s death, but was ushered out of office in the 2012 election when he lost to current Senator Elizabeth Warren. He then established residence in New Hampshire for this candidacy.You can reach Eric Levenson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @ejleven.