By Associated Press - Wednesday, July 9, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A new poll shows U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter slightly ahead of one of her possible Republican challengers and about even with the other in New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District, while fellow Democratic Rep. Annie Kuster fares better in the 2nd District.

The WMUR Granite State Poll shows Shea-Porter slightly ahead of Republican Dan Innis, a University of New Hampshire administrator who has gained ground since a similar poll in April. Shea-Porter remains about even with Republican Frank Guinta, a former Manchester mayor who previously held the seat for one term before being defeated by Shea-Porter in 2012. While Guinta is more popular with independent voters than Shea-Porter, he is far less popular among Republicans than Shea-Porter is with Democrats.

In the 2nd District, three Republicans vying to challenge Kuster have struggled with name recognition. The poll shows Kuster, who is seeking a second term, ahead of both Republican State Rep. Marilinda Garcia of Salem and former state Jim Lawrence of Hudson. She holds a slight lead over former state Sen. Gary Lambert of Nashua.

The telephone poll of 669 adults was conducted June 19 - July 1 by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center and had a margin of error of plus or minus 6 percentage points in each district.

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