Politics

Elections 2012
1:39 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Close Races and Voting Trends in Tuesday's Primary Election

A handful of state senate races proved competitive in Tuesday’s primary.

It’s difficult to see a trend in the statewide legislative results says political analyst Dean Spiliotis.

There clearly are some races in which the tea party energy and conservatives seem to be winning out, but there also a number of races that we’re seeing in which more moderate incumbents are staying in through the primary.

Read more
Elections 2012
1:37 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Van Ostern and Burns Win Executive Council Primaries

Colin Van Ostern won the Democratic nomination for the District 2 chair on the Executive Council.  The district includes the Concord area, and stretches from Vermont to the coast.
 
He beat opponent John Shea, who held a seat on the Council from 2006 to 2010.

Van Ostern says the Council’s decision last June to cut funding to Planned Parenthood spurred him to run.  But he made his campaign about the economy.

Read more
Elections 2012
12:56 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Cilley Slips in Democratic Primary

Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

Perhaps the biggest surprise of last night was not that Democrat Jackie Cilley lost to her rival Maggie, Hassan, but by how big a margin. What was supposed to be a close race turned out to be a run-away.

This primary season the question has been: will democrats elect a candidate who hasn’t pledged to veto an income or sales tax? From the outset, Cilley has made not taking such a pledge the centerpiece of her campaign.

But with the very first poll returns it was clear that Cilley was in for a rough night. Later she took the podium to concede the race.

Read more
Elections 2012
12:53 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Hassan Accepts Democratic Nomination

Maggie Hassan celebrates after accepting her party's nomination
Emily Corwin NHPR

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.

Primary 2012
12:35 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Lamontagne Defeats Smith, Secures Nomination

Lamontagne delivering his victory speech in Concord
Credit Jonathan Lynch / NHPR

Ovide Lamontagne secured the Republican nomination for his gubernatorial bid. He beat challenger Kevin Smith and will go on to face Maggie Hassan in the general election in November.

(Chants of "Ovide, Ovide")

Ovide Lamontagne took the podium shortly after accepting rival Kevin Smith's concession. But he didn't bask in the glow of victory for long.

"Please savor the moment. Savor the moment, because it's over."

Lamontagne's race was one of the first called of the evening, and he wasted no time in setting his sights on his Democratic opponent.

Read more
Smith Concedes
12:17 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Smith Concedes GOP Gubernatorial Nomination Race

In Ovide Lamontagne, Kevin Smith faced a much better-known candidate
Ryn Lessard NHPR

Last night Ovide Lamontagne turned a commanding lead in the polls into the Republican nomination for governor.  His main challenger, first-time candidate Kevin Smith, conceded the race early in the evening. 

In the race against a well-known candidate like Lamontagne, Smith was something of a long shot.  And he acknowledged that he was the unknown candidate.

Read more
Hassan
10:31 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

'That's The N.H. Way,' A Victorious Hassan Says

Hassan speaks to supporters
Emily Corwin New Hampshire Public Radio

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.

Cilley
10:09 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Jackie Cilley Concedes

Cilley concedes
Ross Boyd New Hampshire Public Radio

Cilley thanked supporters and spoke candidly throughout her speech. "We moved the needle on pledge politics."  Not enough to win, but Cilley vowed to continue her fight against the pledge.

Lamontagne
9:47 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Ovide Lamontagne Accepts GOP Nomination For Governor

Ovide Lamontagne
Jonathan Lynch New Hampshire Public Radio

"My name is Ovide Lamontagne, the toughest name in politics. But tonight you made it a winning name."

To shouts of "Ovide," Lamontagne has accepted Kevin Smith's concession and the Republican nomination for gubernatorial candidate.

The crowd is psyched up, standing shoulder to shoulder in the hall. When asked if it's the New Hampshire way to increase spending by double digits, the crowd shouts back a resounding "No!"

Hassan
9:32 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

At Hassan Victory Party, Some Supporters Hesitant

Emily Corwin New Hampshire Public Radio

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."

Read more
Smith
9:28 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Manchester Executive Councilor Candidate DeBlois at Smith Camp

Manchester Executive Councilor Candidate DeBlois
Ryan Lessard New Hampshire Public Radio

Minutes before Smith's arrival at the Derryfield, District 4 Executive Councilor candidate Tom DeBlois arrived to applause.

Elections 2012
9:25 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Kevin Smith Concedes

A little after 9 p.m., candidate Kevin Smith told supporters, "Tonight I have called Ovide Lamontagne to congratulate him," on winning GOP primary for governor.  He thanked supporters and asked them to back Lamontagne in the general election. 

Smith
9:10 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Hunger At The Smith Camp

The food buffet at Smith HQ
Ryan Lessard New Hampshire Public Radio

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.

Hassan
8:42 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Friends and Flowers at Camp Hassan

Nancy Rockwell, Hassan supporter
Emily Corwin New Hampshire Public Radio

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."

Smith
8:21 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Smith Supporters Trickle In

Marc Nozell New Hampshire Public Radio

Kevin Smith supporters finally outnumber media and campaign staff. People are hitting the bar, and the gourmet food buffet featuring tomato basil crackers, tabouli and hummus. Still, the Derryfield Country Club is far from full.

Early numbers are coming in with 5% of the precincts reporting and Smith is already far behind his primary opponent Ovide Lamontange. Smith has about 2.5 thousand votes (23.5%) and Lamontange has about 8 thousand (75.4%).

Pages