A poll released by University of Massachusetts-Lowell and 7 News showed that Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump are tied, just four days before the November 8 Election Day. Each contender came in with 44 percent support from likely voters in New Hampshire. This is the second time this week that a poll in New Hampshire has shown a gap closing between the two candidates who are vying for its four Electoral College votes.
 
The poll was conducted entirely after the decision by FBI Director James Comey to reopen the bureau's investigation into Clinton's use of an unsecure private email server while working as President Obama's Secretary of State, The same poll, conducted by UMass Lowell/7News, in the middle of October showed Clinton in the lead with 6 points over Trump. Clinton was favored to win New Hampshire, before the FBI news broke, and has seen her leads shrinking elsewhere in the country. But she still has an edge of Trump nationally towards winning the minimum 270 Electoral College votes needed.
 
Released yesterday, a Boston Globe/Suffolk University poll showed Clinton and Trump tied at 42 percent each. It was also conducted after the FBI announcement. 
 
The outcome of the polls may mean that New Hampshire may not end up in Clinton's column on Election Day. Clinton lost the Democratic primary in the state to Sen. Bernie Sanders. The socialist Sanders trounced Clinton by 22 points. 
 
Incumbent Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte has seen her fortunes decline recently. While the UMassLowell/7News poll showed her in the lead by one point last month, her opponent -- Gov. Maggie Hassan -- now leads her by one point in the latest poll by the same organization. The poll declared that the race is currently too close to call. 
The RealClearPolitics website shows that an average of polls continues to give Ayotte an advantage of 2.5 points over Hassan. The race is getting national attention because a loss of a Republican seat could mean a loss of Republican control of the Senate in January. Elsewhere in the country, Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) is facing stiff competition from Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL). Other Republican seats that are toss-ups are: Dan Coats (IN), Roy Blount (MO), Richard Burr (NC), Pat Toomey (PA), and Ron Johnson (WI). Should these be lost, the Democrats would have a distinct majority in the Senate and also rely on two Independents: Bernie Sanders (VT) and Angus King (ME).

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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