Against GOP, Sanders runs stronger than Clinton in NH
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Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersDems ponder gender politics of 2020 nominee 2020 Dem contenders travel to key primary states After Florida school shooting, vows for change but no clear path forward MORE performs better than Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWoman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Trump: CNN, MSNBC 'got scammed' into covering Russian-organized rally Pennsylvania Democrats set to win big with new district map MORE against top GOP hopefuls in hypothetical general election match-ups in New Hampshire, a new poll found Friday.

The liberal-leaning Public Policy Polling's survey found that Sanders, the Independent senator from Vermont, bests all Republican candidates by double digits in head-to-head match-ups.

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He holds a 14-point lead over Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioColbert: Students taking action on gun violence 'give me hope' Lawmakers feel pressure on guns Florida lawmaker's aide fired after claiming shooting survivors were 'actors' MORE (R-Fla.) while boasting a 20-point lead over GOP front-runner Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out 'subversion' at VA MORE and the same advantage over Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Health Care: Trump eases rules on insurance outside ObamaCare | HHS office on religious rights gets 300 complaints in a month | GOP chair eyes opioid bill vote by Memorial Day HHS official put on leave amid probe into social media posts Trump, Pence to address CPAC this week MORE (R-Texas). Sanders is the only presidential hopeful in either party to achieve a positive favorability rating, 55 to 35 percent.

Clinton, the Democratic front-runner and former secretary of State, also wins, albeit by narrower margins. Clinton leads Rubio by 3 points, 45 to 42 percent; beats former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, 46 to 40 percent; and bests Cruz, 48 to 40 percent. Trump and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson suffer the biggest losses to Clinton, by 14 points and 11 points respectively.

“Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are doing a lot better in New Hampshire than they are in national polling,” Dean Debnam, president of Public Policy Polling, said in a release. “This appears to be one place where all the exposure the Republican field is receiving isn’t necessarily a good thing.”

In terms of the U.S. Senate race in the Granite State, Sen. Kelly AyotteKelly Ann AyotteAudit finds US Defense Department wasted hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars US sends A-10 squadron to Afghanistan for first time in three years No, the US did not spend million on a gas station in Afghanistan MORE (R-N.H.) and likely Democratic opponent Gov. Maggie HassanMargaret (Maggie) HassanSave lives, restore congressional respect by strengthening opioids’ seizure Overnight Tech: Intel chief says 'no doubt' Russia will meddle in midterms | Dems press FCC over net neutrality comments | Bill aims to bridge rural-urban digital divide | FCC to review rules on children's TV Senators offer bill to close rural-urban internet divide MORE look set for a tight contest, with Ayotte leading Hassan 44 to 42 percent. The two-point difference is within the margin of error.

The Senate seat will be one of the more competitive races as Democrats seek to net five seats in order to regain the majority in the upper chamber. Republicans will be defending 24 seats in November whereas Democrats will be defending only 10.

A RealClearPolitics average of New Hampshire polls shows Ayotte narrowly leading Hassan, 46.8 percent to 43 percent.

The poll was conducted from Jan. 4 to 6 and surveyed 1,036 registered voters via phone and Internet. The margin of error was 3 percentage points.