- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 19, 2016

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A new poll shows only 4 percent of likely voters in New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District say they would definitely vote to re-elect Republican Frank Guinta in the wake of his campaign finance troubles, though fewer voters rule him out completely.

The Federal Election Commission last May concluded Guinta broke the law by accepting $355,000 in donations from his parents in 2010. Guinta, who for years insisted he and his wife had saved the money through hard work, later told the FEC that the money came from a “family pot” of money he contributed to and managed under his parents’ names. Maintaining that his only mistake was improperly reporting money that was rightfully his, he repaid the loan in January shortly before announcing his re-election campaign.

A WMUR Granite State Poll released Tuesday shows 46 percent of voters would definitely vote for someone else if Guinta is on the ballot in November, down from 56 percent in October. The percentage of those who would definitely pick him remained unchanged, while Guinta’s net favorability rating improved slightly, rising from minus 27 percent in February to minus 22 percent in April.

Guinta faces two primary challengers: Greenland state Rep. Pam Tucker, whose favorability rating is 1 percent, and Bedford businessman Rich Ashooh, whose favorability was 4 percent. More than 80 percent of voters said they didn’t know enough about either to have an opinion, however.

On the fundraising front, Guinta reported raising $97,000 for the quarter ending April 1, leaving him with $76,200 on hand. That’s less than one-third of the ending balance reported by Democrat Carol Shea-Porter, who is hoping to regain the seat. She raised $176,000 for the quarter and finished with $254,000.

Ashooh got in the race after the latest campaign finance reporting period ended. Tucker raised $100,700, including $25,000 she loaned her campaign, and finished with $88,000. Bedford businessman Shawn O’Connor, who is challenging Shea-Porter, raised $45,000 and had $722,000 on hand, most of it from an earlier $1 million loan.

It’s possible Guinta and Shea-Porter could face each other for a fourth time. She served for two terms before Guinta defeated her in 2010. She won again in 2012 and lost to him in 2014.

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