Former U.S. Sen. Bob Smith finished ahead of former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown in a straw poll for U.S. Senate at the Coalition of New Hampshire Taxpayers Picnic.
After 157 votes were cast by members of the conservative group, Smith finished with 76, Jim Rubens finished with 44 and Brown finished with 34.
Smith represented New Hampshire from 1990 to 2003. Brown represented Massachusetts from 2010 to 2013.
"This is an indication of our grassroots support among conservatives in New Hampshire," said Smith in a statement responding to the results. "I am the only true constitutional conservative who sticks to the Republican Party platform 100 percent."
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