President Joe Biden was supposed to be such a wonderful and popular president that Democratic candidates across the country could piggyback off his success and easily scoop up election victories next year.
Unfortunately for a growing number of Democratic candidates, such as Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH), that’s not exactly panning out as once expected. A recent hypothetical poll, which pitted Hassan versus Republican New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu in next year’s Senate race, revealed Hassan trails the Republican by nine points, as the Daily Caller reported.
Republicans are pushing the three-term governor to make the run, as the party only needs a net gain of one Republican in the Senate to regain majority control. Given that Republicans are already widely predicted to win back the House, taking both chambers of Congress would be nothing short of a death blow to Biden’s agenda.
The survey, which was conducted by Saint Anselm College, indicated that only 40% of voters supported Hassan, while Sununu garnered 49%. Six percent of voters chose another candidate, while the remaining 4% said they were undecided.
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In addition, Sununu scored an overwhelming edge among both moderate voters and voters who haven’t declared a party.
Interestingly, Sununu hasn’t even officially announced a run for the Senate seat, as of yet, though he’s been repeatedly encouraged by many in the Republican party, including Republican Florida Sen. and National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) chairman Rick Scott.
“I hope he runs for the Senate, and I’m going to do my best to get him there,” Scott told Fox News last month.
It might take a little longer to find out if Sununu will jump into the Senate race, as it was reported on Friday that the Republican governor was taken to the hospital after experiencing flu-like symptoms, Fox News reported.
Initially, it was thought that he might have contracted COVID-19, but his staff revealed that the governor was diagnosed with having a bleeding ulcer in his stomach, which required a blood transfusion.
“After blood transfusion today, he is doing much better. He is extremely grateful to the staff at Portsmouth Hospital for their outstanding care and to everyone who donates blood. As a blood donor himself, he is happy he paid it forward and grateful to all who do the same,” a statement from Sununu’s Chief of Staff Jayne Millerick read.
Hopefully, Sununu makes a full and healthy recovery and eventually agrees to take Hassan down in the 2022 midterms, as the polls point to a potentially easy victory in what will truly be one of the most important and impactful elections in U.S. history.