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NRSC - NEW POLL: Ayotte 50%, Hodes 35%

Poll Shows Ayotte With Sizable Lead Over Hodes

Ayotte Increases Lead Since Primary Win


September 30, 2010

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Less than five weeks from Election Day, a new poll shows Democratic U.S. Rep. Paul Hodes may have a tough hill to climb in his Senate bid.

The WMUR Granite State Poll conducted by the University of New Hampshire shows Republican Kelly Ayotte leading Hodes 50 percent to 35 percent. While Ayotte has consistently led Hodes in the poll, she has stretched her lead since the primary.

"In the U.S. Senate race, it seems that Ayotte's primary really helped her quite a bit," said UNH Pollster Andy Smith.

The poll of 515 randomly selected New Hampshire adults was conducted by telephone from Sept. 23 to Sept. 29. It has a margin of sampling error of 4.3 percent.

In July, a Granite State Poll showed Ayotte with an 8-point lead.

"Ayotte's doing a better job of holding her own partisans than Hodes is," Smith said. "Ayotte's getting 87 percent of Republicans, while Hodes is only getting 70 percent of Democrats. So, Hodes has to do a better job of building enthusiasm and keeping his own people close, because Ayotte is cutting into that."

In terms of favorability, Ayotte also holds a sizable edge, with 41 percent holding a favorable opinion of her and 29 percent unfavorable. The polls shows 29 percent see Hodes in a favorable light, while 39 percent have an unfavorable view of him.

The rest are neutral or don't know enough about the candidates to decide.

Smith said that despite the numbers, there is still a large pool of voters who haven't made up their minds.

"Still only 37 percent of voters say they have made up their minds who they are going to vote for, and 15 percent say they are leaning toward somebody," Smith said. "But still, 48 percent say they haven't decided who they are going to vote for. It's still pretty early in the campaign, although it is almost October."

Hodes and Ayotte will meet at 7 p.m. on Oct. 28 for a debate airing on WMUR-Channel 9 and


NRSC - Paul Hodes' Costly Health Care Overhaul Cuts New Hampshire Seniors' Benefits 

Thousands Of Seniors Will Lose Medicare Advantage Insurance Plans Thanks To Health Spending Bill Hodes Rubberstamped In Washington


WASHINGTON – Despite Washington Democrats’ oft-repeated claims that “if you like the health care you have, you can keep it,” the Boston Globe reports that, U.S. Representative Paul Hodes (D-NH) and his fellow Democrats’ massive health care overhaul will actually force 22,000 seniors in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine out of their Medicare advantage insurance plans at the end of the year:

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care has notified customers that it will drop its Medicare Advantage health insurance program at the end of the year, forcing 22,000 senior citizens in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine to seek alternative supplemental coverage…

“We know that cuts in Medicare are being used to fund national health care reform. And we also had concerns about our ability to build a network of health care providers that would meet the needs of our seniors.’’

In addition to this startling development, Hodes’ health care bill cuts Medicare by $500 billion, endangers jobs, reduces benefits and raises costs for New Hampshire seniors, and could strip more than one million Americans of their health coverage.

“Instead of standing up for Granite State voters, Paul Hodes chose to ignore his constituents’ best interests in order to rubberstamp his Washington party bosses’ unpopular and costly health care overhaul, which will strip thousands of New Hampshire seniors of their Medicare benefits,” said National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) spokeswoman Amber Marchand. “Voters know that they simply cannot afford Paul Hodes’ broken promises and reckless economic agenda in Washington, which is why they will elect fiscally responsible leader Kelly Ayotte to the U.S. Senate this November.”

Background Information:

Rep. Paul Hodes (D-NH) Voted For The Democrats’ Massive Health Care Overhaul. (H.R. 3590, CQ Vote # 165: Motion agreed to 219-212: R 0-178; D 219-34, 3/21/10, Hodes Voted Yea; H.R. 4872, CQ Vote # 167: Passed 220-211: R 0-178; D 220-33, 3/21/10, Hodes Voted Yea)

Hodes Claimed The Health Care Reform Bill Would Lower Costs. “Hodes said reform will not only lower health care costs but also prevent insurers from denying coverage for pre-existing health conditions and eliminate caps on coverage. It will also close the so-called doughnut hole in prescription drug coverage by sending $250 rebate checks this year to Medicare recipients, he said.” (Albert McKeon, “Questions On Care Shift Jobs Focus,” The [Nashua, NH] Telegraph, 4/7/10)

“Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Has Notified Customers That It Will Drop Its Medicare Advantage Health Insurance Program At The End Of The Year, Forcing 22,000 Senior Citizens In Massachusetts, New Hampshire, And Maine To Seek Alternative Supplemental Coverage. The decision by Wellesley-based Harvard Pilgrim, the state’s second-largest health insurer, was prompted by a freeze in federal reimbursements and a new requirement that insurers offering the kind of product sold by Harvard Pilgrim — a Medicare Advantage private fee for service plan — form a contracted network of doctors who agree to participate for a negotiated amount of money.” (Robert Weisman, “Harvard Pilgrim Cancels Medicare Advantage Plan,” Boston Globe, 9/28/10)



PRESIDENT OBAMA: “If You Like Your Current Plan, You Will Be Able To Keep It.  Let Me Repeat That:  If You Like Your Plan, You'll Be Able To Keep It.” (President Obama, Remarks At The White House, Washington, D.C., 7/21/09)


  • OBAMA:(President Obama, Remarks To A Joint Session Of Congress (As Prepared), Washington, DC, 9/9/09)



VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN: “Nobody Is Going To Mess With Your Benefits. Nobody. All We Do Is Make It Better For People On Medicare.” (Jessica Gresko, “Biden Tells Seniors Overhaul Won’t Hurt Medicare,” The Associated Press, 9/23/09)



Says Congressman suffering from identity-crisis believing he is "Babe" the pig

CONCORD – In what can only be described as a cruel twist of irony, as Congressman Hodes claims to "get rid of the pork" in a recent ad, it seems that his actions say otherwise as he attempts to do his best re-enactment of "Babe" the pig.  "Babe", who starred in the children's cult classic Babe the Pig is best known as the down-on-his-luck pig who discovers his purpose in life only after hanging around with sheepdogs, eventually believing he is one.

Keeping eerily close to script, after returning home from Washington and spending time with his actual constituents, Paul Hodes has decided that he is no longer a big-spending liberal, rather he believes he has suddenly become a fiscal conservative.  Adding to this unfortunate case of identity-crisis, Congressman Hodes seems to have forgotten about his proven record of raising taxes and increasing spending, including his support for the
tax-hiking cap-and-trade bill, Obamacare, the TARP bailout, and his opposition to extending the Bush tax cuts set to expire at the end of this year.
Commenting on Congressman Hodes' reprised role as "Babe" was Cornerstone Action Executive Director, Kevin Smith:
"It is rather ironic that Congressman Hodes is promising to 'get rid of the pork' even as he tries to emulate one of the most famous pigs of all time.  Paul has a proven record of voting for higher taxes and more spending.  Rather than throw "Babe" and his ilk under the bus, Paul Hodes should come clean with New Hampshire voters by embracing the fact that he is a big-spending liberal, rather than pretending to be a fiscal conservative."
In light of Congressman Hodes reprising the role of "Babe", Cornerstone Action is offering free complimentary DVD's of the children's classic Babe the Pig for a limited time.  Contact Kevin Smith at: for your free copy.



NRSC - NEW POLL: Ayotte 46%, Hodes 32% 

As an important reminder, more than 20 consecutive polls have shown Kelly Ayotte leading Paul Hodes in New Hampshire since June 2009.

As CNN’s Paul Steinhauser notes below, “Democrats' hopes of capturing a Republican held Senate seat in New Hampshire appear to be fading… The poll indicates Ayotte holds a more than two to one advantage over Hodes among independent voters, and holds a seven point margin over Hodes in his own congressional district.”

Poll: GOP odds of keeping N.H. Senate seat improving


By Paul Steinhauser

September 27, 2010

Democrats' hopes of capturing a Republican held Senate seat in New Hampshire appear to be fading, according to a new poll.

According to an American Research Group survey released Monday, 46 percent of likely voters in New Hampshire support former state attorney general Kelly Ayotte, the GOP nominee, with 32 percent backing two-term Rep. Paul Hodes, the Democratic nominee, and one in five undecided.

The poll indicates Ayotte holds a more than two to one advantage over Hodes among independent voters, and holds a seven point margin over Hodes in his own congressional district. Ayotte also leads by 15 points among women voters and by 13 points among male voters.

Ayotte survived a crowded and competitive primary battle while Hodes faced no serious competition in the September 14 contests. The winner in November succeeds retiring Republican Sen. Judd Gregg.

According to the survey, the battle for governor is a dead heat. Forty-two percent of people questioned support the Democratic incumbent, three-term Gov. John Lynch, with 40 percent backing GOP nominee John Stephen, a former state official, and 14 percent undecided. Lynch's two point margin is within the poll's sampling error. Stephen holds a seven point advantage among independent voters.

The poll's release comes on the same day that Vice President Joe Biden teams up in New Hampshire with Hodes and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, the chairman of the Republican Governors Association, helps out Stephen.

The American Research Group's "The New Hampshire Poll" was conducted September 22-26, with 800 likely voters questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.


NRSC - As Fall Begins, What Happened To Paul Hodes' Failed Recovery Summer?

WASHINGTON – With only 40 days until voters cast their ballots in New Hampshire, Congressman Paul Hodes (D-NH) and his party’s so-called “Recovery Summer” has failed to deliver the economic revival that Democrats promised when they launched their empty rhetoric in June 2010. Instead, Hodes’ massive government spending and out-of-control debt have failed to provide much-needed relief to Americans, who today struggle under 9.6 percent unemployment.

“Just like the rest of his out-of-touch Washington agenda, it’s clear that Paul Hodes’ so-called ‘Recovery Summer’ did nothing to help New Hampshire voters as they struggle to make ends meet,” said National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) spokeswoman Amber Marchand. “In just 40 days, New Hampshire voters will have the opportunity to hold Paul Hodes accountable for his costly, failed record, when they elect Kelly Ayotte who will fight to cut spending, rein in the size of government and create much-needed jobs in her state.”

Background Information:

In January 2009, The National Unemployment Rate Was 7.7%. (U.S. Department Of Labor’s Bureau Of Labor Statistics,, Accessed 8/19/10)

  • “Back In Early January, When Barack Obama Was Still President-Elect, Two Of His Chief Economic Advisers — Leading Proponents Of A Stimulus Bill — Predicted That The Passage Of A Large Economic-Aid Package Would Boost The Economy And Keep The Unemployment Rate Below 8%. It Hasn’t Quite Worked Out That Way.” (Stephen Gandel, “Obama’s Stimulus Plan: Failing by Its Own Measure,” Time, 7/14/09)

In August 2010, The National Employment Rate Was 9.6%. (U.S. Department Of Labor’s Bureau Of Labor Statistics,, Accessed 9/23/10)

August 2010: “Layoffs Are Back, And That’s Bad News For The Fragile Economic Recovery.” (Christopher S. Rugaber, “Spike In Layoffs Feeds Fear Of Faltering Recovery,” The Associated Press, 8/20/10)

In January 2009, The National Debt Was Roughly $10.6 Trillion. (U.S. Department Of The Treasury’s Bureau Of The Public Debt,, Accessed 8/20/10)

By September 23, 2010, The National Debt Had Climbed To Nearly $13.5 Trillion. (U.S. Department Of The Treasury’s Bureau Of The Public Debt,, Accessed 9/23/10)

The National Debt Has Increased By Nearly $2.9 Trillion In Less Than Two Years Under President Barack Obama. (U.S. Department Of The Treasury’s Bureau Of The Public Debt,, Accessed 8/20/10)

“The Nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office On Thursday Estimated That The Federal Budget Deficit For 2010 Will Hit $1.34 Trillion . . . . The shortfall is still the second largest in more than six decades, coming in at 9.1 percent of GDP. It is exceed by last year's shortfall, which was 9.9 percent of GDP.” (Jay Heflin, “CBO Deficit Projection Lower, But Still Gloomy,” The Hill, 8/19/10)

“High Unemployment And Meager Wage Growth Already Are Driving Many Americans’ Reluctance To Make Major Purchases, So A Return Of Falling Home Equity Could Further Depress Confidence And Consumer Spending.” (Sudeep Reddy and Nick Timiraos, “Plunge in Home Sales Stokes Economy Fears,” The Wall Street Journal, 8/25/10)

“‘Today’s News On The Economy Has Been Nothing But Awful,’ Paul Ashworth, An Economist At Capital Economics, Wrote In A Note To Clients. ‘The Recovery Is Clearly Slowing.’”  (Christopher S. Rugaber, “Spike In Layoffs Feeds Fear Of Faltering Recovery,” The Associated Press, 8/20/10)

“Ken Simonson, Chief Economist At The Associated General Contractors Of America, Said Highway Contractors Began Working On Stimulus Projects As Much As A Year Ago, ‘And Now That Pipeline Is Empty.’ Work On Commercial Projects Such As Office Buildings, Malls And Hotels Is ‘Dead, Dead, Dead,’ He Added.” (Christopher S. Rugaber, “Spike In Layoffs Feeds Fear Of Faltering Recovery,” The Associated Press, 8/20/10)

“[E]conomists Are Concerned That The Unemployment Rate Will Start Rising Again Because Overall Economic Growth Has Weakened Significantly Since The Start Of The Year.”  (Christopher S. Rugaber, “Spike In Layoffs Feeds Fear Of Faltering Recovery,” The Associated Press, 8/20/10)

“The U.S. Economy Faces Difficult Times Ahead With Chronic Unemployment And Slow Manufacturing Hurting The Pace Of Recovery, The Head Of Congress’ Budget Agency Said on Thursday. The warning from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office came on top of more bad U.S. economic data that heightened concerns about a return to recession, roiling markets.” (Richard Cohen and Donna Smith, “More Tough Economic Times Forecast By CBO,” Reuters, 8/20/10)

“Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf Said The Economy Faces A Tough Recovery From Recession, although the CBO predicted 3 percent economic growth this year. ‘The considerable number of vacant houses and underused factories and offices will be a continuing drag on residential construction and business investment, and slow income growth as well as lost wealth will restrain consumer spending,’ he said.” (Richard Cohen and Donna Smith, “More Tough Economic Times Forecast By CBO,” Reuters, 8/20/10)

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