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After three heated elections in the 1st Congressional District, Republican Frank Guinta  and Democrat Carol Shea-Porter are familiar with each other, and each other’s criticisms. The two candidates certainly don’t agree on much.

But this fourth time around, they may have found some common ground in opposing the newcomer to the race, Shawn O’Connor, a Bedford businessman who pitched himself during Thursday's debate on WMUR as the middle ground.

For the fourth straight election, voters in New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District will see the same two names on their ballots: Frank Guinta and Carol Shea-Porter.

The political rivals have traded the seat every two years since 2010, a testament to how evenly split the district is between Republicans and Democrats. But some voters are getting tired of the endless sequels.


Peter Biello

In addition to two familiar foes on the ballot in New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District, there’s a new choice for voters this year.

Shawn O’Connor is a former Democrat who is now running as an independent.

He’s up against incumbent Republican Frank Guinta and Democrat Carol Shea-Porter, who are running against each other for the fourth consecutive time.

O’Connor joined NHPR’s Morning Edition to talk about some of the issues in the race.

NH1 News

At Monday night’s 1st Congressional District debate hosted by NH1 News, two familiar foes were joined by a newcomer to the race.

Incumbent Republican Frank Guinta and Democrat Carol Shea-Porter are no strangers to voters in the 1st District; this marks the fourth consecutive race where they’ll both be on the ballot.

So voters by now are used to hearing them square off on the issues, as they did Monday night on the topic of term limits.

Guinta says he supports the idea; Shea-Porter disagrees.

Paige Sutherland/NHPR

After fending off multiple attempts by the New Hampshire Democratic Party to keep him off the ballot, Independent Shawn O’Connor will officially be a candidate for the state’s Congressional First District this November.

That’s after the state Ballot Law Commission on Wednesday upheld its earlier decision to keep O’Connor in the race.

 

Congressional hopeful Shawn O'Connor says he dropping his Democratic party affiliation to run as an independent.

O'Connor, a Bedford businessman, had been seeking the Democratic nomination in New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District, a seat now held by Republican Frank Guinta. He told WMUR-TV on Thursday his ideas don't align with either major party, and complained that the state Democratic Party was picking favorites.

To get on the general election ballot as an independent, O'Connor must collect 1,500 signatures by Aug. 10.

The strange and bitter Democratic primary in the first congressional district got even stranger and more bitter today.

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"On the Political Front" is our weekly check-in with NHPR's Senior Political Reporter Josh Rogers.

Let’s start in the 1st Congressional District, where’s there’s a nasty fight in the Democratic primary. Shawn O’Connor is leveling some serious accusations against former Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter. Things seem to be pretty ugly.