Against GOP, Sanders runs stronger than Clinton in NH
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Bernie SandersBernie SandersSirota: Biden has not fulfilled campaign promise of combating union-busting tactics Democratic senators call on Biden to support waiving vaccine patents Progressives put Democrats on defense MORE performs better than Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPelosi on power in DC: 'You have to seize it' Cuba readies for life without Castro Chelsea Clinton: Pics of Trump getting vaccinated would help him 'claim credit' 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 RubioHillicon Valley: Biden administration sanctions Russia for SolarWinds hack, election interference Senators reintroduce bill to block NATO withdrawal New US sanctions further chill Biden-Putin relations MORE (R-Fla.) while boasting a 20-point lead over GOP front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpFreedom Caucus member condemns GOP group pushing 'Anglo-Saxon political traditions' MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell's new free speech site to ban certain curse words Secret Facebook groups of special operations officers include racist comments, QAnon posts: report MORE and the same advantage over Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzUS has seen 45 mass shootings in the past month The Hill's 12:30 Report: Nearly half of U.S. adults partially or fully vaccinated Cruz no longer wearing mask in Capitol 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 AyotteOvernight Defense: NATO expanding troops in Iraq Overnight Defense: New START extended for five years | Austin orders 'stand down' to tackle extremism | Panel recommends Biden delay Afghanistan withdrawal Study group recommends Biden delay Afghanistan withdrawal MORE (R-N.H.) and likely Democratic opponent Gov. Maggie HassanMargaret (Maggie) HassanSchumer lays groundwork for future filibuster reform To encourage innovation, Congress should pass two bills protecting important R&D tax provision Overnight Defense: Biden proposes 3B defense budget | Criticism comes in from left and right | Pentagon moves toward new screening for extremists 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.