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Guinta campaign hits rough patch

April 30, 2010 by Staff Reporter  
Filed under News & Politics

The National Republican Congressional Committee’s candidate in New Hampshire’s first district Frank Guinta is beginning to hit a rough patch on his way to the GOP nomination to take on Democrat Rep. Carol Shea-Porter.

Earlier this week, CQ Politics reported that the NRCC has backtracked on their early endorsement of Guinta and are now “letting the primary play out.” As recently as late-March Guinta was still the national Republicans’ candidate.

And on Friday, WMUR and the University of New Hampshire survey center released a new poll showing Guinta’s public image is in decline. “Currently, 22% of 1st CD adults have a favorable opinion of Guinta, 18% have an unfavorable opinion of him, and 59% are either neutral or don’t know enough about him to say. Guinta’s net favorability rating is +4% and has continued to decline from +22% a year ago,” write Smith in a memo on the poll.

Guinta’s campaign has been plagued by lackluster fundraising. He has been given a year to exploit national Republican resources to clear the GOP field. Nevertheless other candidates have entered the race, including Rich Ashooh and businessman Sean Mahoney.

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