New Hampshire Pro-Life Senate Candidate Kelly Ayotte Likely Winning

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 30, 2010   |   5:22PM   |   Concord, NH

In what is the final poll in New Hampshire from Rasmussen Reports for the Senate race there, it appears pro-life candidate Kelly Ayotte, a Republican, is headed towards victory.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters in the Granite State finds Ayotte leading pro-abortion Democrat Paul Hodes 56-41 percent. Two percent favor another candidate and one percent of voters still remain undecided.

That is enough for pollster Scott Rasmussen to move the race to the Solid Republican category, meaning it is a virtual certainty Ayotte will win the race, according to the polling data.

“Earlier this month, Ayotte led Hodes 51% to 44%.  Ayotte has consistently held the lead over Hodes since early February, with support ranging from 46% to 56%. In that same time period, Hodes has earned 35% to 44% of the vote,” Rasmussen noted.

Reported today, the  telephone survey of 750 New Hampshire likely voters was taken the night before the candidates’ final debate on Thursday, though nothing happened at the debate to suggest a significant change in the polling data following the event.
In July, the Susan B. Anthony List, a pro-life women’s group, endorsed Ayotte.

“New Hampshire families deserve the pro-life feminine leadership Kelly Ayotte has already demonstrated in her position as New Hampshire’s first female Attorney General,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the organization.

“Kelly is committed to rescinding taxpayer funding of abortion in health care. She has expressed her strong determination to be a vocal advocate for women and unborn children in abortion debates on the floor of the U.S. Senate,” Dannenfelser confirmed.

Dannenfelser says Ayotte is part of a new women’s movement which affirms its original pro-life roots is making its way to the U.S. Senate. She is one of a throng of pro-life women seeking Senate seats and seats in the House.

Kelly Ayotte is one of its brightest new stars in a Senate that is devoid of pro-life women, Dannenfelser said.

“Ayotte will give new life to the pro-life perspective inherent in the early suffragist approach to women’s rights,” she said.

Ayotte has served the state of New Hampshire for five years as its first female Attorney General.

In 2004, she fought an attempt by Planned Parenthood to challenge the New Hampshire Parental Notification Prior to Abortion Act “requiring parental notification before abortions may be performed on unemancipated minors.” [related]

The First Circuit court ruled the law unconstitutional but she appealed the case to the Supreme Court, over the objections of the governor, in Ayotte v. Planned Parenthood of Northern New England. Following her aggressive litigation in defense of the law, the Court remanded the earlier ruling, saying that “States have the right to require parental involvement when a minor considers terminating her pregnancy.”

Prior to that, Ayotte served as Deputy Attorney General and helped her husband Joe, an Iraqi war veteran, to create and run a small business.