Thursday, February 11, 2016

N.H. hosts one of 9 key Senate races that will determine party control

The presidential race is not the only big election fight in New Hampshire this year.
The Granite State is also home to one of the most hotly contested Senate races in the nation, a battle between Republican Sen,. Kelly Ayotte and her Democratic challenger, Gov. Maggie Hassan. It is one of nine races that will determine which party controls the U.S. Senate when the next president is sworn into office in 2017, and whether that president will be able to push his or her agenda through Congress.
"Democrats have at least a 50% chance of taking the Senate from Republicans," said Jack Pitney, a professor of American politics at Claremont McKenna College in California. "The outcome is going to depend in large part on the dynamics of the presidential race."
If Republicans nominate billionaire Donald Trump for the presidency, it would help boost Democratic turnout, Pitney predicted. He said Trump's bombastic rhetoric has turned off Latino voters, women and other key segments of the Democratic base. Trump famously referred to Mexican immigrants who illegally cross the U.S. border as mostly murderers and rapists.
"Trump would definitely help the Democrats because of all the people he has insulted," Pitney said.
In the swing state of New Hampshire, Ayotte is counting on her personal appeal to sway voters of both parties, no matter who the presidential candidates are.
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