Key Dem Senator Down 9 Points Ahead of 2022 Challenge, Putting GOP Control Back In Reach

(USA Features) Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire is vastly underwater against a presumptive challenge from GOP Gov. Chris Sununu if he decides to get into the race next year, giving Republicans a better chance to flip the upper chamber, according to a new survey.

The poll, conducted in late August by Saint Anselm College, found 49% support for Sununu, 40% support for Hassan, 6% choosing someone else, and 4% undecided.

Saint Anselm College surveyed 1,855 registered voters, with a margin of error of 2.3%, the survey said.

Sununu has not yet declared his candidacy. But he has a 45-24 advantage among moderate registered voters, while expanding that to 50-34 among registered voters who have yet to declare a political party.

Hassan preceded Sununu as governor. She beat GOP Sen. Kelly Ayotte in 2016 by just 1,017 votes.

She is regularly rated as one of the most vulnerable Senate Democrats ahead of next year’s midterms.

Hassan is one of the upper chamber’s more moderate Democrats and she has been skeptical of ending the filibuster, as have Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Krysten Sinema of Arizona.

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She was also one of a bipartisan group of 21 senators who helped negotiate the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the Daily Caller reported.

“Sununu recently appeared with Republican Florida Sen. and National Republican Senatorial Committee chairman Rick Scott at a Belknap County GOP fundraiser and dinner,” the outlet reported.

Scott told Fox News after the dinner, “I hope he runs for the Senate, and I’m going to do my best to get him there.”

Right now, the Senate is evenly divided at 50-50, but Democrats control the chamber because Vice President Kamala Harris, as president of the chamber, casts the tie-breaking vote.

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Other Democrats considered vulnerable in 2020 are Sens. Mark Kelly of Arizona and Raphael Warnock of Georgia.