Republican Representative Laurie Sanborn has dropped from the race to lead the House. She cites recent health concerns of her husband, state senator Andy Sanborn. He had emergency surgery on Election Day.
That leaves the bid for speakership between two former speakers: Gene Chandler who served from 2001 to 2004, and Bill O’Brien who served from 2010 to 2012.
High profile Republicans like U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte, former Congressman Charlie Bass and former Republican Governors Steve Merrill and John H. Sununu sent a letter to state reps urging them to vote for Chandler. (Scroll down to read the letter.)
The Republican Caucus will vote for speaker next week.