Primary 2012

North Country
2:49 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

By Tiny Margin Coos Commissioner Judd Loses Seat - Maybe

Bing Judd, left, and Rick Samson

Bing Judd, who has been a Coos County Commissioner since 1997, has lost his seat by five votes.

Judd had 592 votes compared to 597 for challenger Rick Samson, deputy secretary of state David Scanlon told NHPR Thursday afternoon.

Late Thursday Judd said he will be driving to Concord Friday to file a request for a recount.

"Five votes in 1,200, there could be a mistake," he said.  "It could go either way."

That recount is expected to occur Monday.

Judd had not faced a challenge for more than a decade.

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North Country
9:49 am
Thu September 13, 2012

The Vote In Detail: Cilley Versus Hassan in Coos

During her campaign in the North Country - including visiting this Colebrook restaurant - Cilley emphasized her Berlin roots. Photo by Chris Jensen.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jackie Cilley – a Berlin native – took Coos County with 1,226 votes, according to figures just released by the New Hampshire Secretary of State.

That compared to 1,087 for Maggie Hassan and 187 for Bill Kennedy.

But, of course, Hassan won statewide with 45,143 compared to Cilley’s 33,073. Kennedy had 6,001.

Some of the totals from Coos are below. The full list can be found here.

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North Country
3:14 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

In Coos Lamontagne Dominated, Rappaport and Daugherty Fend Off Challenger

Chris Jensen for NHPR

Ovid Lamontagne dominated the Republican primary in Coos County Tuesday.

Lamontagne routinely pulled at least 50 percent – and in some cases 80 percent or more - of the vote in town after town.

In Berlin Lamontagne took 81 percent of the vote; 72 percent in Lancaster; 57 percent in Colebrook and 70 percent in Whitefield.

Meanwhile, Republican incumbents Larry Rappaport and Duffy Daugherty of Colebrook have apparently held off challenger Charles Kurtz of Errol.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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North Country
12:44 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Cilley's North Country Roots Not Enough

Jackie Cilley visiting Littleton as part of a five-day tour of the North Country.
Chris Jensen for NHPR

If Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jackie Cilley thought being a Berlin native would give her a crucial edge in the North Country she was wrong.

Cilley did win in Berlin but her 546 votes were only 56 percent of the total.

Down the road in neighboring Gorham she snared 55 percent of the votes.

But it was downhill from there despite spending five consecutive days touring the North Country from Littleton to Colebrook and Pittsburg and then over to Berlin and the communities along the Androscoggin River.

In Littleton she got only 35 percent of the vote.

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North Country
9:47 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

In the North Country Ray Burton, Debi Warner Win

Chris Jensen for NHPR

With 94 of 112 precincts reporting veteran Executive Councilor Ray Burton of Bath has about 71 percent of the votes, easily rebuffing challenger Jerry Thibodeau of Rumney.

Burton had almost 14,500 votes compared to about 5,800 for Thibodeau.

Burton effortlessly put down a revolt by some Republican representatives in the North Country who thought he was too moderate and urged his defeat.

In November Burton will face Democrat Beth Funicella.

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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!"

North Country
5:33 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Voting In One North Country Town: A Very Low Turnout

By late morning Tuesday the turnout in Lancaster was reported as no more than "steady."
Chris Jensen for NHPR

With most of the voting day over some North Country election officials are figuring it won’t take long to count votes tonight.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

John Miller, the deputy moderator for the town of Bethlehem, says it has been a typical primary election for local candidates.

“The turnout so far has been very, very low.”

By about 4:30 roughly 250 of the 1600 or so registered voters in this Northern Grafton town had voted, Miller said.

He figured there were slightly more Republicans than Democrats voting.

Election 2012
3:04 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Photos From Campaign Headquarters

North Country
11:14 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Miss Voting? Never, Says 93-Year-Old

Voting Tuesday morning in Lancaster was described as steady but there were plenty of open voting booths.
Chris Jensen for NHPR

As voting in today's primary gets underway NHPR's Chris Jensen visits a polling place in Coos County.

Sound of voters being registered..

While state officials are predicting a somewhat light turnout for the primary there are folks who say there is no such thing as an unimportant election.

One of those is 93-year-old Fay Allin who slowly but steadily made her way through town hall in Lancaster Tuesday morning, slipped into the voting booth and emerged a few minutes later.

Congressional Primaries
10:10 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Bass, Guinta Face Largely Unknown Challengers In Primaries

Congressmen Charlie Bass and Frank Guinta both face primary challengers
DonkeyHotey Flickr Creative Commons

If you haven’t heard that Republican congressmen Charlie Bass and Frank Guinta are facing primary challenges, you’re far from alone.  At least, that’s according to a recent Granite State Poll. 

Representative Frank Guinta faces one challenger, while fellow Republican Charlie Bass has four people vying for his slot on the November ballot.  But University of New Hampshire pollster Andy Smith says more than nine out of ten constituents have no idea who these would-be contenders are.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Thu March 8, 2012

The Real Romney

We know he's running for President and that he's become a household name. We know he ran unsuccessfully in 2008 as well. We know that he was Governor of Massachusetts and that he was behind a major health care bill that passed in that state. We know he's Mormon, Republican, good looking and has a great smile, but who is the 'real Romney'. Who is the Mitt Romney behind the campaign promises, debates, political ads and handshakes? What drives him, what were the events in his life that motivated him and why does he want to be President so badly?

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Word of Mouth - Segment
1:57 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

Taking a Bullet for 'Hair Force One'

Photo by donkey_hotey via Flickr Creative Commons

Vice President Al Gore used to tell a joke about himself: “Al Gore is so boring, his secret service name is Al Gore.” Well, Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is now under secret service protection, and while we don’t know what his code name will be, the Twitterati have been weighing in with suggestions using the hashtag #romneycodename.

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