October 7, 2016

THE HIGH COST OF DONALD:

Colin Van Ostern Struggles With Name Recognition in NH Gubernatorial Race (Kyle Plantz, Oct 7, 2016, NH Journal)

It seems like Colin Van Ostern is struggling with an identity crisis. He knows who he is and the New Hampshire Democratic Party base knows who he is, but it seems independent voters around the state don't know too much about the New Hampshire Democratic gubernatorial nominee.

That was apparent in the latest Suffolk University/Boston Globe poll released Thursday. While Van Ostern only trailed Republican nominee Chris Sununu by four points -- 36 to 40 percent, respectively, with 20 percent still undecided -- his favorability ratings tell a different story.

Sununu has a 35 percent favorable rating with 32 percent of voters finding him unfavorable. Only 10 percent have never heard of him and 23 percent are undecided on him. Of course, some voters may claim familiarity with Sununu based on his family's involvement in New Hampshire politics.

Van Ostern has a 28 percent favorable and 18 percent unfavorable rating, but 26 percent are still undecided about him and 28 percent have never heard of him.

Kelly Ayotte and Chris Sununu are the sorts of thoroughly decent downticket Republicans who will lose because of the top of the ticket.  But at least Ms Ayotte will lose to a popular sitting governor, not to "other."

Posted by at October 7, 2016 10:11 AM

  

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