Colin Van Ostern Well-Positioned to Win New Hampshire Governor’s Race, New Poll Finds

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According to the poll, 80 percent of voters believe the next N.H. governor should make early childhood education a high priority.

Washington, D.C. (October 6, 2016) – Colin Van Ostern is well-positioned to become the next governor of New Hampshire, according to a new poll commissioned by Save the Children Action Network (SCAN).

Forty-four percent of respondents support Democrat Van Ostern, while an identical 44 percent support Republican Chris Sununu. Six percent said they support the Libertarian candidate. When asked to choose in a head-to-head race, 47 percent of voters chose Van Ostern and 46 percent chose Sununu.

Dave Walker, who conducted the poll for Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, said in a memo that Van Ostern has more room to grow.

“Colin Van Ostern is currently less well known (62 percent recognition, compared to 90 percent for Chris Sununu) and has more upside potential,” Walker wrote. “After voters hear about his commitment to early childhood education, Van Ostern improves to a 49 to 42 percent lead over Sununu.”

SCAN has previously endorsed Van Ostern and is committed to help ensuring his election this November with digital ads and mailings to New Hampshire voters highlighting his support for early childhood education.

The poll of 500 likely voters was conducted September 29 – October 4, 2016.

“The race for New Hampshire governor could not be more competitive and this poll proves that New Hampshire voters care about early childhood education and want a governor who will invest in kids,” said Mark Shriver, president of SCAN. “I encourage all New Hampshire residents to choose Colin Van Ostern as their next governor because he is committed to providing all kids in the Granite State with high-quality early learning programs, which will help put them on a path toward future success. Van Ostern will serve New Hampshire’s kids and families well as governor.”

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