One candidate for the U. S. Senate won the nomination of his party unopposed. The other barely survived a multicandidate primary, in which she had the support of four of every 10 voters.
But it's the latter candidate, Kelly Ayotte, who has her base unified with three weeks to Election Day, according to the latest UNH poll from my colleague Andrew Smith.
In fact, Ayotte stands at the top of the list, compared to previous statewide Republican candidates in early fall polling from the UNH Survey Center, taken:
- October 3-10, 2002
- September 27 - October 3, 2004
- September 14-21, 2008
At this stage, Ayotte's support among Republicans matches John Sununu's in 2008, when he was running for his second term in the U. S. Senate.
And GOP voters have been much quicker to stand behind the primary winner this time than they were in 2002. Back then, Sununu and Craig Benson, both of whom won difficult primaries, only had the support of three-quarters of GOP voters at this point in the election cycle.