Once the general election begins, the eventual GOP nominee will need every electoral vote he or she can get. The fact that former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is leading President Obama by 10 percentage points in New Hampshire is a good sign at this juncture. It is important to remember that President Obama won the Granite State by nine percentage points in 2008. Mike Dorning at Bloomberg News has more:
Driven down by economic forces, President Barack Obama is running poorly in New Hampshire, a state he carried in 2008 and one that has been a swing state in recent presidential elections.
Obama trails Republican Mitt Romney among likely general election voters in the state by 10 percentage points in a hypothetical contest amid voter discontent with the president’s job performance and the economy, according to a Bloomberg News poll conducted Nov. 10-11. Obama carried New Hampshire by 54 percent to 45 percent in 2008.
Independent voters in the state, the site of the nation’s first presidential primary, have swung even more strongly against Obama. Romney would win independents there by 15 percentage points, the poll shows.
Obama’s standing illustrates the toll the U.S. economy has taken on him even in a state that has fared better than most. New Hampshire’s 5.4 percent unemployment rate in September compares with a 9.0 percent national rate in October.
The poll, conducted for Bloomberg by Selzer & Co. of Des Moines, Iowa, didn’t test matchups against potential Republican nominees other than Romney. It surveyed 500 New Hampshire residents, including 324 likely general election voters.