Four Senate races remain tight in sprint to Election Day, polls show
Republican Joe Heck faces a tough challenge from Democratic state Rep. Mike Sullivan, as the two Democratic candidates in the U.S. Senate race and both the Senate reelection campaigns for Gov. Maggie Hassan and U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte continue to see significant campaign cash.
While New Hampshire polls show the race is generally tightening, Sullivan, who is backed by a super PAC, is receiving more money than any GOP Senate candidate since 2002, according to the latest Center for Responsive Politics data.
Republican U.S. Senate candidates Scott Brown, Mark Kirk and Ron Johnson continue to dominate the conversation in the weeks leading up to Election Day, with all three having seen their fundraising and name recognition numbers surge, despite negative campaigns from Brown, Kirk and Johnson.
The Democratic Senate candidates continue to struggle to catch up with their GOP counterparts in fundraising, with Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Sullivan still far below their Republican counterparts in terms of spending, despite the candidates having spent the most money on advertisements and other political activities.
“This Senate race in New Hampshire is one of the best in the country, and those who would change it will be hard pressed to get that message out and get voters to turn out for the Republican candidates,” said Steve Schlesinger, a spokesman for the Republican National Committee, adding that the recent polls “are not reflecting what actually is happening in this race.”
Republican senators have already received more donations from New Jersey businesses and individuals than any of their Democratic opponents: an average of $6,000 more than the Democratic candidates, according to the latest Federal Election Commission data. And the committee that raised the most for the Republican Senate candidates — out of the more than $90 million in donations made by federal candidates and parties in the 2012 election cycle — was New Jersey-based, according to OpenSecrets.org, which tracks the giving behavior of federal candidates and their committees. The data show an average of $