Politics

Elections 2012
2:20 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

N.H. House Swings To Democrats, Republicans Hold Senate 13-11

Former House Speaker Terrie Norelli will run again for the job, but will face a strong opposition from David Campbell, D-Nashua. Current House Speaker Bill O'Brien has announced he will not run for mintority party leadership
Credit NH General Court Website

There was a big surprise waiting for New Hampshire politicos this morning. As the final votes were tallied in the four hundred races for the State House of Representatives, the Democrats had won a 221 to 178 majority with one race still undecided.

Prospects of a divided state legislature has both sides singing about bipartisanship. 

Given that many of the races for the NH House are decided by fewer than a hundred voters, there will likely be a couple dozen recounts.

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Elections 2012
2:05 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Hassan Thanks Supporters In Manchester

Hassan hugs a supporter outside of the Red Arrow in Manchester
Credit Jonathan Lynch / NHPR

Governor-elect Maggie Hassan made her first post-election appearance  in downtown Manchester.

Despite the cold weather and late-night election results, Hassan supporters gathered at the Red Arrow Diner in Manchester Wednesday afternoon to congratulate the governor-elect on her victory.

Hassan says she looks forward to governing in the tradition set forth by Governor Lynch, and that she’s eager to work with those across the aisle to improve the state’s schools and economy:

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Elections 2012
1:36 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Pres. Obama Carries New Hampshire

New Hampshire voters elected to give President Obama a second term.  As of midday Wednesday, the president had carried the state by a six percentage point margin.

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Elections 2012
12:01 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Democrat Sue Ford Beats Sorg in Grafton 3

Democrat Sue Ford of Easton has beaten incumbent Republican Gregory Sorg, also of Easton.

With all seven precincts reporting Ford took the seat for Grafton District 3 with 1,392 votes compared to 1,151 for Sorg.

The tally was compiled by the Associated Press. Figures from the Secretary of State are not yet available.

Elections 2012
11:52 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Losing By 20 votes, Coos' Daugherty Says No Recount

Duffy Daugherty. Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR

Larry Enman, a Democrat from Errol, has beaten Republican incumbent Duffy Daugherty in Coos District 1 by 20 votes, according to a final tally by the Associated Press.

In a telephone interview Daugherty said he did not intend to seek a recount, describing the statewide election as a sweep.

"The state is going to hell in a hand basket and I'm not going to fight it," he said.

With all 10 precincts counted Enman had 1,158 votes compared to 1,138 for Daugherty.

Official figures from the Secretary of State are not yet available.

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Elections 2012
11:40 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Lancaster Dem Evalyn Merrick Will Seek Recount

Democrat incumbent Evalyn Merrick plans to seek a recount after losing her seat by 12 votes.

She said a dozen votes was too tight a margin not to ask that it be reviewed.

"I owe it to the voters," she told NHPR.

Merrick had 3,253 votes compared to Republican Leon Rideout who had 3,265, according to a tally compiled by the Associated Press.

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

Elections 2012
8:42 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Coos: A Summary

Here’s what happened in Coos County on Tuesday, according to a tally by the Associated Press. Official counts from the Secretary of State are not yet available.

* Jeff Woodburn of Dalton was elected senator, defeating Debi Warner of Littleton. He takes the place of Republican John Gallus who chose not to run.

* In District 1 with all ten precincts counted Republican incumbent Duffy Daugherty of Colebrook lost to  Democrat Larry Enman of Errol by 20 votes.

Enman had 1,158 votes.

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Elections 2012
7:21 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Republican Bailey Takes Grafton District 14

In the newly created Grafton District 14 Republican Brad Bailey of Monroe beat Democrat Douglas Grant of Franconia, according to final totals compiled by the Associated Press.

Bailey had 3,613 votes compared to Grant's 2,886.

Elections 2012
7:10 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Democrat Challenger Takes Seat in Littleton-Bethlehem.

In Grafton District 1 Democrat challenger Linda Massimilla is guaranteed one of the two seats, according to final totals compiled by the Associated Press.

But it's unclear whether the second seat will go to incumbent Republican Lyle Bulis or Republican Ralph Doolan.

Massimilla had 2,263 votes.

Meanwhile Bulis had 1,667 - only two votes more than Doolan. It wasn't clear whether Doolan will seek a recount.

The district includes Littleton and Bethlehem and was redrawn this year.

Elections 2012
6:46 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Incumbent Republican Richardson Holds Coos 4

In Coos District 4 Republican incumbent Herbert Richardson beat Democrat Troy Merner, according to results compiled by the Associated Press.

With all the votes counted Richardson had 1,167 votes compared to Merner’s 821.

Elections 2012
4:39 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Kuster Wins 2nd Congressional District In Rematch With Bass

After losing to Republican Charlie Bass in 2010, Ann McLane Kuster won the 2nd District congressional seat
Credit Shannon Dooling for NHPR

It was a repeat match-up with a very different outcome in the Second Congressional District.  Democrat Ann McLane Kuster defeated Republican Congressman Charlie Bass by a roughly five point margin.  

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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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