MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) _ The latest poll in the governor's race gives Democratic Gov. Jeanne Shaheen a 14-point lead over Republican Gordon Humphrey.

The American Research Group poll released Tuesday gave Shaheen 50 percent to Humphrey's 36 percent among likely voters. Shaheen gained 4 percentage points since the company's last poll three weeks ago, while Humphrey's support dropped by 8 points. The previous matchup was a statistical dead heat, with 46 percent for Shaheen and 44 percent for Humphrey.

Shaheen, the country's only female Democratic governor, is seeking a third term. Humphrey served two terms in the U.S. Senate before retiring in 1990.

Independent Mary Brown registered 7 percent in the latest poll, up two points since last month. Other candidates collectively had less than 1 percent and the rest were undecided.

The results were based on 600 telephone interviews conducted Oct. 5 through Monday with a random sampling of likely voters. The margin of error was plus or minus 4 percentage points.

The poll reached 246 Republicans, 157 Democrats and 197 undeclared voters.