The second in a series of polls out this week from WMUR and the UNH Survey Center predicts that Democrats will win the governorship and majorities in both the House and Senate.
This is the fourth poll in a row that shows a widening lead for Democrats in the “generic ballot” question: that’s to say “will you be voting for the Democrat or the Republican in your local House or Senate race?”
Candidates for governor, Maggie Hassan and Ovide Lamontagne, met in Manchester to debate business and economic development in the Granite State.
A key part of the debate centered on improving infrastructure. Both Ovide Lamontagne and Maggie Hassan agree that the state needs to improve its infrastructure and complete the widening of I-93. But they clashed over how to fund it.
Lamontagne ruled out tax increases, instead suggesting the use of federal government-backed bonds. He criticized Hassan for not doing the same:
She's been a business attorney, a state Senator, Senate Majority Leader and now the Exeter lawyer, Maggie Hassan wants to be your next Governor. Hassan defeated Jackie Cilley and Bill Kennedy in the state primary this September to be the Democratic Gubernatorial candidate but still needs to get through her Republican challenger, Manchester attorney, Ovide Lamontagne. Today we sit down for the hour with Maggie Hassan, talk with her about where she stands on the big issues facing the state and why she says she'd be the best next person to sit in the State House corner office.
Last month, NHPR in partnership with NHPTV, the Union Leader and the NH Business and Industry Association put together three debates on the economy with the Candidates for Governor, and both Congressional districts. Today we listen back to parts of those debates, look at some of the major themes raised, and pull back the curtain a bit to look at the stories, challenges and process of putting together these debates in our special Power Morning.
Democrat Maggie Hassan won the Democratic nomination for Governor at the Puritan Conference Center in Manchester last night. She says she’s ready to face Ovide Lamontagne, whom she called “the tea party favorite.”
Hassan brought up issues from payday loans, to education and womens’ health:
Under my opponent’s version of live free or die, abortion would be illegal, even for the victims of rape or incest, and women and their doctors would be treated as criminals.
Maggie Hassan gave her acceptance speech at her victory party tonight in Manchester, comparing her stance on free kindergarten and abortion rights with her now-opponent, Ovide Lamontagne. Her biggest round of applause came when she announced that "women should be able to make our own health-care decisions." She continued by thanking her family and supporters.
A crowd is forming at the Hassan victory party, although not all attendees are entirely enthusiastic. Alex Cohen of Dover came to the Hassan victory party with his friend Linda, a campaign volunteer from Newmarket. He's sporting a Hassan campaign sticker, but says "I always find myself voting for the lesser of two evils."
It's not exactly a rambunctious crowd here at the Derryfield in Manchester. Folks are just eating, talking or checking their phones for the latest poll numbers. Smith himself hasn't shown up yet and there hasn't been any spontaneous cheering or chanting.
Supporters don't seem anxious so much as resigned - but they're still hopeful. They're also hungry, and not just for the food - there has been a real lack of polling updates. Those with smartphones are making good use of them, but several supporters are turning to members of the press for the latest numbers.
Long-time friends and supporters of Maggie Hassan are early attendees at the Hassan camp at the Puritan Conference Center in Manchester. Nancy Rockwell, Hassan's pastor, waits to give Hassan a bouquet of pink roses, with Chaplain Sue Goodspeed.
Across the room, long-time friends of Hassan's family Sue Ratnoff and Lynda Beck gaze at a television, above the podium. "We're more than friends," Ratnoff says. "We know she's honest. And by the way, she'd make a terrific governor."