A Republican wave may have swept across the country Tuesday night, but the red tide hit a granite breakwater in New Hampshire. Democrats here held three of four seats at the top of the ticket. Strategists are looking closely at what made the difference for Democrats here, and for lessons that can be taken forward.
This election ran against former House Speaker Tip O’Neill’s dictum that “all politics is local”. In this case deep dissatisfaction with President Obama powered the GOP to gains in Congress and the retaking of the Senate majority.
The Granite State Coalition Against Expanded Gambling and Casino Free NH will be led by Concord businessman Steve Duprey, former Chairman of the State Republican Party, and Harold Janeway, former Democratic State Senator from Webster.
Duprey and Janeway were both active in the effort to kill the casino legislation backed by Governor Maggie Hassan earlier this year. Janeway says their groups' new lobbying effort will focus on the N.H. House, which has never backed a casino bill. He added that there is no time to waste.