Rubens acknowledges name recognition will matter before the race is done. He said he is concentrating on the Republican activists who will deliver the nomination in the September primary.
He said he is encouraged both by the number of uncommitted voters in the UNH poll, but also results showing him faring as well in a matchup with Shaheen as the better known Brown.
Rubens has a fundraising event at The Coach Stop tonight in Londonderry.
He said he is telling GOP activists he has the best chance to unite the party after the primary.
But his general message is one to all voters: “The economy is not working.”
Rubens said priorities are creating jobs, reducing the debt burden on future generations and reducing what he calls a government overreach, both in health care and surveillance on citizens.
Testerman, a conservative activist and former gubernatorial candidate, also is busy reaching out to the Republican base.
She will be in Pelham for the Republican town committee meeting next Monday.
“My message is about ‘Obamacare,’ jobs and the economy and national defense,” Testerman said.
Testerman said meeting people is the name of the game at this point in the campaign.
“This is New Hampshire,” she said. “You have to go out there.”
Testerman said she doesn’t pay much attention to polls.
“One of the things I don’t look at is the polls,” she said. “The real poll that is important is when people come out and vote in the primary.”
Atkinson GOP chairman Gene Schneider said Rubens has spoken to the town committee already and Testerman is coming in March.
Rubens and Testerman are doing what they should be doing now in meeting local Republicans, he said.
“That’s the only way they are going to get their name better known is by going around,” he said.