Politics

Elections 2012
3:19 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Democrats Make Gains On Executive Council

Democrats seized at least two Executive seats last night, breaking Republican control over the council.

Chris Pappas defeated Bob Burns in a highly publicized Manchester-area race. The two men vied for Ray Wieczorek's seat after the Republican announced he would not seek re-election.

In his first bid for political office, Democrat Colin Van Ostern handily defeated incumbent Michael Tierney in District 2.

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Elections 2012
2:45 am
Wed November 7, 2012

N.H. Election Results: Maggie Hassan Wins Race For Governor

Credit NHPR

A victorious Maggie Hassan took the stage on Tuesday night to accept the state’s corner office.  She began by thanking voters for their trust – then launched into some specifics. "We will build a New Hampshire that will nurture innovation and entrepreneurs," Hassan said, "where businesses can and want to grow. Where young people will stay and work and create their own companies." 

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Elections 2012
1:21 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Executive Councilor Ray Burton Easily Wins Re-election (No Big Surprise)

In the North Country, a longtime Executive Councilor held on to his seat and a Democrat snagged an open senate seat.  NHPR’s Chris Jensen has more.

Executive Councilor Ray Burton, a Republican from Bath, faced a challenge from Beth Funicella, a Democrat from Jackson.

Probably to nobody’s surprise the veteran Burton easily beat Funicella.

With 90 percent of the precincts reporting Burton had almost 68,000 votes.

That was roughly 22,000 more  than Funicella.

The other big race was for the senate seat vacated by Republican John Gallus.

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Elections 2012
12:58 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Democrat Woodburn Takes North Country's Senate Seat

Jeff Woodburn. Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR

Democrat Jeff Woodburn of Dalton has won the senate race in the North Country, according to a tally compiled by the Associated Press.

With 90 percent of the precincts reporting Woodburn had 13,664 votes.

That compared to 9,071 for Republican Debi Warner of Littleton.

The senate seat was vacated by Republican John Gallus of Berlin who chose not to seek re-election.

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Elections 2012
12:55 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Victories and Concessions: Speeches Posted Here

Credit New Hampshire Public Radio

Governor's Race:

Republican Ovide Lamontagne's concession speech:

Ovide Lamontagne concedes to Maggie Hassan

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Elections 2012
12:49 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Democrat Brown Wins In Grafton District 2

In Grafton District 2 Democrat Rebecca Brown of Sugar Hill beat Republican Denis P. Ward of Monroe, according to a tally compiled by the Associated Press.

Brown had 1,365 votes while Ward received 1,198.

Elections 2012
12:41 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Lancaster's Evalyn Merrick Loses By 12 Votes

Democrat incumbent Evalyn Merrick apparently lost her seat for Coos District 7 by 12 votes, according to an unofficial tally compiled by the Associated Press.

Merrick had 3,253 votes compared to Republican Leon Rideout who had 3,265.

The official tally by the New Hampshire Secretary of State is not yet available.

Earlier in the evening, when only five of the 10 precincts were counted, Merrick had a lead of just over 100 votes.

Elections 2012
12:32 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Three Berlin Dems Easily Rebuff Challenger

In Coos District 3, Berlin, three Democrat incumbents - Gary Coulombe, Robert Theberge and Yvonne Thomas – were all re-elected.

They defeated Republican challenger Eric Catman, who hoped to take one of the three seats.

With all the votes counted Coulombe had 2,940 votes; Theberge had 2,651 and Thomas had 2,426.

Catman was a distant fourth with 1,029, according to a tally compiled by the Associated Press.

Elections 2012
12:25 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Democrat Moynihan Wins In Coos 2

Democrat Wayne Moynihan of Dummer has won the seat for Coos District 2, defeating Republican James Tierney of Northumberland.

With all the votes counted Moynihan had 1,259 votes compared to Tierney's 839, according to a tally compiled by the Associated Press.

Elections 2012
11:45 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Democrat Hammon Defeats Repub Tholl in Coos 5

Democratic challenger Marcia Hammon of Whitefield has defeated incumbent Republican John Tholl, also of Whitefield, in Coos District 5.

With 100 percent of the votes counted Hammon had 1,235 votes and Tholl had 1,154, according to a tally compiled by the Associated Press.

Elections 2012
6:08 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Voters and Voices at the Polls

Ali Kuzmickas New Hampshire Public Radio

In case the profuse amount of “I Voted” stickers went unnoticed to you today, the first Tuesday in November is indeed upon us. Polling locations in Concord, New Hampshire teemed with signs and supporters providing some last minute rallying for their favorite candidates. Voters stood in line and braved the early morning chill to cast their vote at Wards 4 and 7. With them were Word of Mouth interns Bill Barry and Ali Kuzmickas.

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Elections 2012
5:50 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Audio Postcard: The Young And Old Head To The Polls

Registration line in Durham

Young and old voters were out today at the polls.  As part of a digital reporting class in UNH's Journalism Program, students caught up with some of those voters.  Here's a little of what they heard.

Students who contributed to this report: Mairead Dunphy, MaryGrace Kelleher, Oliver Thomas, Shannon Reville, Lily O'Gara, Shelby Lefebvre and Merhawi Wells-Bogues.

Jonathan Lynch produced the audio postcard.

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Elections 2012
5:32 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

A Look Back At Guinta's, Shea-Porter's Past Victories

Guinta and Shea-Porter have both won in the past. Here's a look at how those victories played out.
Credit NHPR / Sam Evans-Brown

This race is real bellwether for a number of reasons: the district itself demographically perfectly balanced between liberal and conservative voters, both candidates have held the seat before meaning they are more-or-less on equal footing in terms of name recognition, and both are party stalwarts have voted with their partys’ leadership high in 90th the percentile.

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Elections 2012
4:59 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Record Turnout in Nashua

Amherst St. School in Nashua
Credit Sheryl Rich-Kern

Polling stations in Nashua opened at 6 AM this morning. And many stood patiently long before the sun appeared.

With temperatures hovering around 30 degrees, at least 150 voters wrapped around the Amherst Street School building before dawn.

Arthur Barrett is the town’s moderator.

He says by around 10 AM, almost 1500 had already cast their ballots.

He compares this turnout to that of 2008:

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Elections 2012
4:21 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Voters in Nashua Have Their Say

Voters at Ward 3 in Nashua
Credit Sheryl Rich-Kern

Record numbers of voters lined up this morning at the polls in Nashua.

Priscilla Betses of Nashua is in her late 70s and has been voting she was 18.

That’s a lot of election cycles. But she says this one stands out.

It’s too negative. They’re spending an awful lot of money of advertising. I’ll be happy when it’s over. Too many robo-calls and TV and the whole bit.

Octogenarian Liona Wilson has voted since before World War II and shares similar concerns:

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