Against GOP, Sanders runs stronger than Clinton in NH
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Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersFive takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's fiery first debate Ben & Jerry’s co-founders announce effort to help 7 Dem House challengers Dems look to Gillum, Abrams for pathway to victory in tough states MORE performs better than Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGraham: There's a 'bureaucratic coup' taking place against Trump Fox News poll shows Dems with edge ahead of midterms Poll: Democrats in position to retake the House 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 RubioNikki Haley: New York Times ‘knew the facts’ about curtains and still released story March For Our Lives founder leaves group, says he regrets trying to 'embarrass' Rubio Rubio unloads on Turkish chef for 'feasting' Venezuela's Maduro: 'I got pissed' MORE (R-Fla.) while boasting a 20-point lead over GOP front-runner Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpGrassley: Dems 'withheld information' on new Kavanaugh allegation Health advocates decry funding transfer over migrant children Groups plan mass walkout in support of Kavanaugh accuser MORE and the same advantage over Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzViral video shows O’Rourke air-drumming to the Who’s ‘Baba O’Riley’ after Cruz debate Five takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's fiery first debate NY Times, McCabe give Trump perfect cover to fire Rosenstein, Sessions 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 AyotteGOP mulls having outside counsel question Kavanaugh, Ford Pallbearers, speakers announced for McCain's DC memorial service and Capitol ceremony Tributes pour in for John McCain MORE (R-N.H.) and likely Democratic opponent Gov. Maggie HassanMargaret (Maggie) HassanHouse panel advances DHS cyber vulnerabilities bills Chris Pappas wins Democratic House primary in New Hampshire Overnight Health Care: Manchin fires gun at anti-ObamaCare lawsuit in new ad | More Dems come out against Kavanaugh | Michigan seeks Medicaid work requirements 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.