New Hampshire Senate candidate Paul Hodes (D) got some bad news Tuesday.

The two-term congressman trailed two of his potential Republican rivals in a new poll.

And his so-called "Granny D constitutional amendment" to restrict campaign spending by corporations was panned by a major New Hampshire newspaper.

To the numbers: A Public Policy Polling survey conducted April 17-18 showed Hodes with an approval rating far below 50 percent. Moreover, he trailed Republicans Kelly Ayotte and Bill Binnie 47-40 and 46-41, respectively.

Meanwhile, the editorial board of Foster's Daily Democrat called Hodes's "Granny D" proposal, "vindictive, naive and is only aimed at part of the problem."

"Such pandering to the fears of voters may explain why recent polls show all the major Republican candidates beating him in a November election," the paper said.