Primary 2014

The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed September 10, 2014

N.H. Primary 2014: Who Won, Who Lost, And Why

Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

We're looking at the results from yesterday's primaries for U.S. Senate, House, N.H. Governor, and statewide offices.


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12:47 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Garcia Wins 2nd Congressional District Primary

Marilinda Garcia makes her acceptance speech in Concord on primary election night.
Credit Jack Rodolico

State Representative Marilinda Garcia won the Republican primary for New Hampshire’s second congressional district.

After claiming her victory before a crowd of cheering supporters, Marilinda Garcia took aim at Obamacare, and linked Representative Annie Kuster to one of the president’s most significant and controversial policies.

She asked for the crowd’s continued support "getting through November and...repealing and replacing Representative Kuster."

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NH News
12:26 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Havenstein Wins Party Nomination, Faces Tough Race Against Hassan

Walt Havenstein greeting supporters after his victory speech.
Credit Ryan Lessard / NHPR

  Former BAE Systems CEO Walt Havenstein is the Republican nominee governor.

Walt Havenstein didn’t always run strong in this race but he won by nearly 20 points over Andrew Hemingway. He said voters in the general election will have a clear choice.

“The choice is going to be about the future of our state and whether or not we’re gonna maintain and stay in this economic stagnation or if we’re actually gonna take a bold course to change our economic outcome for the future prosperity of our state.”

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7:53 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Primary 2014: Wins In Hand For Brown, Havenstein, Garcia, Guinta

Scott Brown gives victory speech, says "Town halls still matter in NH"
Credit Taylor Quimby / NHPR

10:27 p.m.

For the third time, former Congressman Frank Guinta will face Carol Shea-Porter for New Hampshire's District 1 seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Guinta won the Republican nomination in Tuesday's primary, taking 49 percent of the vote.

Dan Innis, former dean of the Whittemore School of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire and co-owner of Portsmouth’s Ale House Inn, received 41 percent, while libertarian Brendan Kelly won 8 percent.

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2:28 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Primary 2014 Results: State Level

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2:27 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Primary 2014 Results: Town Level

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11:50 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Primary 2014: N.H. Voters Head To The Polls, But Some Towns Report Low Turnout

Election workers wait for voters at Concord's Ward 2
Credit Michael Brindley/NHPR

New Hampshire primary voters are headed to the polls to choose their candidates in several races, including the U.S. Senate.

At St. Peter’s Parish Hall in Concord, moderator John Williams says as is typically the case, a large cluster of voters showed up shortly after polls opened.

“New Hampshire voters are certainly early risers. They like to come and vote early. We also see a rush during lunch time and again during the evening between 6 and 7.”

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12:14 pm
Sat September 6, 2014

Primary 2014: Final Debate Round-Up

This week saw a series of debates in which Republican candidates in New Hampshire's primary races for U.S. House, Senate, and N.H. Governor met to differentiate themselves on the issues.

If you missed the debates, you can find NHPR's coverage of them right here:

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3:06 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

GOP Chairman, Other Top Republicans, Visit N.H.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus.
Credit Associated Press

The chairman of the Republican National Committee made a campaign stop in Nashua Friday. Chairman Reince Priebus was the first in a series of national GOP leaders who will visit the state ahead of next Tuesday’s primary.

In a cramped GOP office, Priebus rubbed elbows and talked up the role New Hampshire could play for his party come November.

"It’s a pivotal state in determining whether we can win the U.S. Senate and fire Harry Reid," says Priebus. "We need to win here in the midterm and pave the way for the future."

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Midterm Elections With 'Political Junkie' Ken Rudin

Ken Rudin at an NHPR event at Hypertherm in Lebanon. September 2014
Credit Allegra Boverman

Ken Rudin is in New Hampshire, putting his seasoned eye on politics.  And this year, with Republicans hoping to take the U.S. Senate and congressional dysfunction weighing heavily on voters, we’ll explore the themes emerging in the 2014 midterm elections, both here and around the country.


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11:57 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

2nd CD Candidates Debate Amnesty And Attack Ads

Republican candidates vying for their party’s nomination in the second congressional district faced off last night on WMUR TV. The frontrunners clashed on core issues.

The hard-fought, and, at times bitter fights between Salem state rep Marilinda Garcia, and former state Senator Gary Lambert of Nashua continued last night.

On longstanding issues like illegal immigration, Lambert said Garcia "wants a pathway to citizenship, and that is amnesty in my book."

"I’d say Mr. Lambert’s book is entirely fiction," Garcia shot back.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Elections 2014: A Check-In On N.H.'s Republican Primaries

Credit Sara Plourde / NHPR

We’re checking in New Hampshire’s primary races, two weeks before voting day.


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4:50 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Primary 2014: A Conversation With U.S. Senate Candidate Bob Smith

Bob Smith in NHPR's studio, 2014.
Credit NHPR Staff

This week, we begin a series of conversations with three Republicans seeking their party’s nomination in the U.S. Senate.

We start with Bob Smith, who represented New Hampshire in the Senate from 1990 to 2003.

Scroll down to find the full, unedited audio of our interview with Smith. Here are excerpts of his responses to some of the issues discussed, with his full answers (and more questions) in the audio.

What would an overhaul of the federal tax system look like?

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Elections 2014
5:00 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Primary 2014: A Conversation With U.S. House Candidate Jim Lawrence

Jim Lawrence

Jim Lawrence is a former state Representative, having served three terms in the New Hampshire Statehouse.

The Hudson man is running in the 2nd Congressional District.

Why are you running?

President Barack Obama’s policies – being supported 95 percent of the time by Ann Kuster – in my estimation, they were destroying the future of American for my children. I felt that I had to act. The other Republican candidates running in the race weren’t talking about the issues that I felt were important to the voters of New Hampshire.

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