La., N.H. Senate Races Swinging Republicans’ Way

by Andrew Johnson

Two competitive Senate races are looking more promising for Republicans, according to recent polls in Louisiana and New Hampshire.

In Louisiana, where Democrat Mary Landrieu is seen as one of the most vulnerable incumbents, the three-term senator now trails her likely Republican challenger Representative Bill Cassidy among likely voters. A new Rasmussen survey finds Cassidy with a 44 percent to 40 percent lead over Landrieu.

Meanwhile, in New Hampshire, even though he hasn’t announced he is running, former Massachusetts Republican senator Scott Brown is tied with Democratic incumbent Jeanne Shaheen. Brown and Shaheen have equal support at 44 percent, according to a poll from Purple Strategies, a bipartisan firm. Brown recently moved to the Granite State, where some political analysts expect him to launch a bid for the Senate; in a separate poll earlier this month, Brown holds a substantial lead in the Republican primary.