Skip to comments.After Hitting Shaheen on Immigration, Brown Closes Gap in New Hampshire
Posted on 08/22/2014 6:33:24 AM PDT by SharpRightTurn
Scott Brown, the Republican Senate candidate in New Hampshire who has struggled to gain traction against his opponent Jeanne Shaheen, is within two points of the incumbent Democrat in a new poll from WMUR and the University of New Hampshire. The poll shows Shaheen with 46 percent support and Brown, the former GOP senator from Massachusetts, with 44 percent. The previous WMUR-UNH poll, from June, showed Shaheen with a 12-point lead over Brown, 52 percent to 40 percent.
After Hitting Shaheen on Immigration, Brown Closes Gap in New Hampshire
This is the closest poll of the race since January, with most giving Shaheen a comfortable lead. Even with the latest WMUR poll, the Democrat still has a 6.6-point average lead. The only other poll in recent months to show Brown within single digits was an NBC News poll giving Shaheen an 8-point advantage.
If the race is indeed tightening as the latest poll suggests, what could explain Shaheen's drop? Brown, despite having national name recognition and having represented New Hampshire's next-door neighbor in the Senate, may have been hurt early on by charges of carpetbaggery. While Brown did own a home in New Hampshire for years, Shaheen is something of a Granite State political institution, having served three two-year terms as its governor. Brown has spent the summer quietly meeting with voters across the state to establish his New Hampshire bona fides, and he's all but locked up the Republican nomination.
But Brown has also focused heavily on the issue of illegal immigration in television advertisements over the past few weeks, first highlighting security differences between the airport and the southern border, then hitting Shaheen more directly over her position on the Gang of 8 immigration bill, supported by President Obama. Shaheen, along with every other Democratic senator, voted for the Gang of 8 bill.
"Want to know why there's lawlessness on our border? Ask Senator Shaheen," said Brown in a 15-second TV ad that shows Shaheen and Obama standing together. "She voted against border security twice and for amnesty."
Brown's ads tying Shaheen to Obama's immigration policy may have been good politics. A recent national poll found Americans give Obama lower marks on immigration than his job generally, and 39 percent say they consider immigration one of their top three issues.
Yet Paul Ryan and the Republican establishment experts tell us we risk disaster at the polls if we don't get on board with amnesty.
Who are you going to believe, Paul Ryan or your lying eyes?
Don’t bother Ryan. He’s running for president. Mitt said so.
I am going crazy over rino ryan and his shamnesty support. This article is proof-positive that the nation does not want open borders and shamnesty.
Why doesn’t the gop get it that we want an alternative to demoRats. If we wanted open borders and shamnesty, we would vote RAT!!!!!
Taking a stand against Illegal Immigration has been a “winning issue” for the Republicans since at least 2006. But the GOP leadership has purposely been ignoring it. Why??
I’ve seen these ads. Brown does seem vulnerable to the carpetbagger argument, but the immigration ads are powerful, and the topic is timely.
Mitt Romney and the GOPe are going to prop up Paul Ryan for president. It’s so obvious now. Mitt can’t run but he’s getting his name out there in order to promote Ryan.
The immigration issue is the silver bullet. Does the GOP have the courage to spite the MSM and the democrats & use it?
I've never met anyone for "open borders" except for the most leftward Dennis Kucinich supporting types. The GOP is missing a chance to be on the right side on this.
“Why doesnt the gop get it that we want an alternative to demoRats.”
The only explanation is that the Gutless Old Poops don’t care what the rank and file want because that is not their true constituency. The only poll they are interested in is “What is the Chamber of Commerce position on this issue?”
Answer in Post 9.
Brown is establishment but even he stumbled on to a winning issue. All this talk about how being against immigration is hurtful politically is nonsense. There are a bunch of blue collar Democrats- white and black - who want nothing to do with illegal immigration reform. They know who’s going to get hurt, politically and financially, from that.
“Ive seen these ads. Brown does seem vulnerable to the carpetbagger argument, but the immigration ads are powerful, and the topic is timely.”
This is a no-brainer winning issue for Republicans. However, so many of them are compromised by their dependence on Chamber of Commerce money to fund their campaigns it’s like they’re touching Kryptonite to talk about national sovereignty.
We need a Native party. And a White caucus, too, while we’re at it.
Only if they get desperate enough when they realize they are about to go down in flames.
“The GOP is missing a chance to be on the right side on this.”
They’ve certainly earned the nickname “the Stupid Party”.
They don’t want to win.
“There are a bunch of blue collar Democrats- white and black - who want nothing to do with illegal immigration reform. They know whos going to get hurt, politically and financially, from that.”
Absolutely. All but the lowest of low/no information voters know that the political and business elites are trying to take the few remaining lower level and mid-range jobs away from them by insourcing cheap, foreign labor (after outsourcing to other countries the jobs that could be outsourced).
This issue could be a huge winning issue for Republicans if they weren’t so compromised and mealy-mouthed.
I am RIGHT of Ted Cruz on most subjects, however, with the SUPREME COURT at stake, I will settle for Scott Brown from the HELL HOLE formerly known as the “Northeast” of the US. He would vote with the Republicans on SC nominees.
“I am RIGHT of Ted Cruz on most subjects, however, with the SUPREME COURT at stake, I will settle for Scott Brown from the HELL HOLE formerly known as the Northeast of the US. He would vote with the Republicans on SC nominees.”
I agree. If Brown is willing to oppose amnesty, even if he is mushy on some other issues, and if he is the best that can be elected in NH, then so be it.
Keep hammering away on illegal immigration all the way back to D.C.
Another ‘Scott Heard Round the World’
“Keep hammering away on illegal immigration all the way back to D.C.”
It is so frustrating. How hard is it to win the “messaging” battle????
“I am FOR a SECURE and PROTECTED Border. I am for the RULE OF LAW and a SENSIBLE IMMIGRATION POLICY. I would welcome any immigrant who wants to add to the greatness of this nation and who will follow our Sensible Immigration Policy and not break our laws. We can’t WEAKEN SOCIAL SECURITY and MEDICAIRE by the constant diversion of OUR TAX DOLLARS to give generous benefits to those who haven’t paid a dime of taxes.
I am against UNPROTECTED Borders where VIOLENT CRIMINALS and DRUG CARTELS have easy access in to our NEIGHBORHOODS.”
ANY candidate that can stick to this message and articulate it WINS.
If I can figure it out why can’t the clowns in washington???
Brown is better than Shaheen. That is the best I can say about him.
He was a hack in the State House. He was a disappointment in the Senate. I cannot believe he is the best that NH republicans can come up with.
He would caucus with the R’s. But he wouldn’t vote with them very often.
Well if Brown wins and he certainly can legitimately claim the mantle of RINO extraordinaire he at least votes with the Republicans sometimes. Shaheen never will.
“He was a disappointment in the Senate. I cannot believe he is the best that NH republicans can come up with. He would caucus with the Rs. But he wouldnt vote with them very often.”
I donated to Brown a couple of times when he ran against Coakley to take Teddy the Swimmer’s seat. It was one of the first elections after Zero took office, so it was a way to strike back against the idiots who put that commie fraud in the White House.
You are right, Brown was a disappointment. He was glad to chastise tea party/conservatives types, though they were instrumental in propelling him to victory.
I don’t have any allusions about this guy, and I have not sent him any money since his first Senate run and don’t intend to do so again, but the only worse thing than him being elected would be Shaheen being reelected.
I normally don’t play the lesser-of-two-evils game. However, immigration is such a huge problem for this country that if a Republican mush is at least willing to admit that amnesty is wrong, I can hold my nose.
The only explanation I can come up with is they’re all being blackmailed. They’ve got the goods on all the conservatives in Congress and the Supreme Court.
I agree. Voting for him in that special election was the first time I was excited to cast a ballot in Mass since 1984. I was so excited to send him to DC just to vote against Obamacare.
So I guess he did what I elected him to do. But from that point forward he acted like a typical wispy-washy MA republican.
He is not a bad guy. I just think we need someone with a little more dedication to the cause.
Bobby Kennedy & Hillary Clinton
-—— both were/are carpetbaggers
If a carpetbagging RINO can do this well by taking the right position on immigration, just think what someone genuine could do.
Obama illegally took money to fund his Bergdahl/5 Muzzie swap without notifying Congress in advance
Obama has taken money to illegally smuggle in hispanics into the USA and illegally transport them to US military bases and then on to numerous states without even notifying Governors first - millions - billions have been spent on illegal aliens being smuggled in by Beery Husseina Ebola (junior) & Co.
- serious enough to warrant the House filing . . . ????????
“If a carpetbagging RINO can do this well by taking the right position on immigration, just think what someone genuine could do.”
It’s a huge winning issue and all that the Republican squishes want to talk about is their aversion to “shutting the government down” and other drivel.
I hope Brown gets elected in NH. The people of NH and the Massholes who’ve moved there deserve the POS.
“I hope Brown gets elected in NH. The people of NH and the Massholes whove moved there deserve the POS”
I agree that Brown is not anything to brag about.
However, if he will vote against another Rubio/Schumer Gang of 8 amnesty bill, that would be a net swing of two votes because Shaheen would vote for it.
It will also be one more cannon volley at the Republican establishment leaders who hold their hands over their ears when you tell them the majority of Americans are tired of flooding the country with third world immigrants.
I could have written your post as I had the same experience. I donated to Brown to stop Obamacare. I think he was elected to fill the seat of The Swimmer for that very reason. Unfortunately, it did not come up for a re-vote when Congress passed the existing bill. I agree he is better than the 'rat candidate, but I would never send a contribution to that RINO again.
Because most of the GOP elite are tied to Big Business.. and they WANT cheap labor.
A very big 'if'.
Paul Ryan is just another RINO!He’s “Part Of The Problem”!!So is that weasel Brown!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
“A very big ‘if’.”
“Paul Ryan is just another RINO!Hes Part Of The Problem!!So is that weasel Brown!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
Yes, yes, and yes.
He is not going to win the primary... the media and democrats want him to win...
Shaheen is an Arabic name. Enough!
Brown better damn well mean it. Enough of this ‘talk conservative’ to win the election, then join with the “gang of whatever” to oppose the American People on Amnesty, becoming a New England turncoat.
Yeah, it's SOP for the Big Government Republican crowd. They know the base wants conservatives, so—as much as they might regret it—they have to have the election year metamorphosis from squish to conservative (think McConnell, Alexander, McCain, et al.).
No matter what those political ads he has produced say, there is no way I can believe Scott Brown is against amnesty. At best he is pulling a Marco Rubio, pretend to be anti-amnesty while running, but when you get into office proclaim a change of heart and go amnesty full bore while saying it isn’t really amnesty.
RINOs like Rubio can win elections that way, but they’ve sold their souls.
Yep... Brown is just saying anything to get elected...just like Ayotte...
And to set some teeth on fire here.... we in NH, ended up with Ayotte the Juan McPain water carrier because of SARAH PALIN endorsing ovaries instead of Ovide the true conservative in the Primary back a few years ago...
I take Palin and her girl power cr@p with a grain of salt..Thanks Sarah... Smelly Ayotte has just been a RINO knife planter in the backs of conservatives Senator.
Kelly Ayotte will officiate wedding for Scott Browns daughter
UPDATED 6:04 PM EDT Jul 10, 2014
Brown is already hooked up with Ayotte!
Brown has been strong on immigration forever.He’s not new to the issue. Ayotte is a fraud. I’ll take Brown. Not thrilled, but it is what it is.
“Ovide the true conservative in the Primary back a few years ago...”
I did not follow that race closely but from what I remember it also appeared to me Ovide was the conservative choice. Ayotte has certainly been a major disappointment.
Brown, if elected, won’t be a sealed book. We know he is wishy-washy. Might he renege on a commitment to stand tough on amnesty and the border? Of course, Juan McPain did just that.
NumbersUSA gives Ayotte a C- and gives Brown a D+. Shaheen gets an F.
Obviously, none of these people are in the Jeff Sessions/Steve King range.
Why doesnt the gop get it that we want an alternative to demoRats.
And that if they have an Amnesty candidate, as many, or more, Republicans will stay home on Election Day like they did in protest to Romney being the nominee in 2012, giving Hillary or Warren, or whomever they nominate, the needed edge to waltz to the Oval Office. If angry Conservatives, who stayed home in 2012, would have turned out and voted, Obama would have been in Chicago for the last 2 years.
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