Sen. Kelly AyotteKelly Ann AyotteBottom line Bottom line Bottom Line MORE (R-N.H.) has a slight lead over Gov. Maggie HassanMargaret (Maggie) HassanSenators press IRS chief on stimulus check pitfalls Hillicon Valley: Livestreaming service Twitch suspends Trump account | Reddit updates hate speech policy, bans subreddits including The_Donald | India bans TikTok Senators move to boost state and local cybersecurity as part of annual defense bill MORE (D-N.H) in a potential Senate matchup for 2016, according to a new poll conducted by the New England College Polling Institute for the New Hampshire Journal.

The poll found Ayotte taking 48 percent over Hassan at 42.5 percent.


Ayotte has said she will seek reelection in 2016, but is also whispered to be a potential vice presidential candidate on the GOP ticket.

Hassan was just reelected as governor in 2014 and hasn’t said whether she’s considering a potential bid for U.S. Senate.

The poll of 541 registered voters in New Hampshire was conducted on Dec. 1 and has a 4.2 percentage point margin of error.