Brown Agrees to Additional GOP Debates in New Hampshire

In Smith’s initial response he accused Brown of not standing united with his party mates during appearances. Smith cited Brown’s failure to be able to attend an event at the Merrimack Business Association due to a “scheduling conflict” as an example of this.

“We’ve had numerous chances where all of us could have been together over and over again across the state,” Smith said in a statement.

Smith and Rubens have attacked Brown’s voting record during his time as a Massachusetts senator as the reason why he is not the strongest in the field of Republican candidates.

Most recently, Smith said that Brown only voted with the party 38 percent of the time during his term from 2010 to 2013. Smith lauded his own record of voting with the party 98 percent of the time during his 18 years in the U.S. House and Senate.

He said that, if his record is any indication, Horn should know that “under no circumstances” will he support a Democrat or third-party candidate.

The most recent poll from Vox Populi, taken on May 14, has Shaheen leading Brown by 12 points in the race. That same poll shows Brown leading the field of Republican candidates by a wide margin, with 38 percent saying they would vote for him if the primary were held at the time of the poll. Smith had the support of 13 percent of respondents, while only 9 percent would have supported Rubens. Twenty-eight percent polled responded with “undecided,” a sign that the race is still wide open.

The poll also showed that Smith would fare almost as well as Brown against Shaheen. In that hypothetical, Shaheen led Smith 45 percent to 34 percent -- Smith actually cut Shaheen’s 12-point lead against Brown down to 9 points.

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