Republican voters in Tuesday’s primary selected their slate of statewide candidates in November’s final election: Walt Havenstein for governor, Scott Brown for U.S. Senate, Frank Guinta for 1st Congressional District, and Marilinda Garcia for 2nd CD.
They’ll face the Democratic incumbents who were largely unopposed in Tuesday’s primary: Maggie Hassan for governor, Jeanne Shaheen for U.S. Senate, Carol Shea-Porter for 1st CD, and Ann Kuster for 2nd CD.
As LFDA editor Paul Briand suggested in his discussion post
, there weren’t any real surprises on Tuesday, but there could be some surprises come November as the candidates campaign for the hearts and minds of independent, pragmatic New Hampshire voters, most of whom are not tied to one party or the other.
All the election results, courtesy of the secretary of state’s office, are here
. Only 19 percent of registered voters went to the polls.
Candidates quickly got to work. See a Union Leader story about the Republicans here
. See a Concord Monitor story about the Democrats here
Republicans capped off the week with a unity rally, led by visiting Kentucky U.S. Sen. Rand Paul. Read a Foster’s Daily Democrat story here
One piece of news that tangential to the election is the emergence of New Hampshire 1 News, which will begin broadcasting from its new studios in Concord beginning Monday, just in time for coverage of the general election campaign.
It means that WMUR isn’t the only Granite State-based television station anymore and it adds another layer of statewide coverage to the media mix.
NH1 is the progeny of Bill Binnie, who you might remember as the Rye businessman in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate back in 2010. See a Concord Monitor story here
There were gatherings throughout New Hampshire on Thursday as Granite Staters remembered the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
Gov. Hassan participated in ceremonies in Manchester and Hampton, proclaiming it as a “Day of Remembrance.”
““We ... remember all of those who – regardless of their role or their occupation when they started the day – became heroes on September 11, risking their lives in the aftermath of those tragic events to protect people who they had never met simply because we’re all Americans,” Hassan said in her statement
. “And this year, the loss of dedicated Marine Lance Corporal Brandon Garabrant and two intrepid journalists – James Foley and Steven Sotloff – will be fresh on our minds, adding new pain to this solemn occasion. Our thoughts and prayers remain with the 10 Granite Staters we lost on September 11 and all of the innocent victims, Lance Corporal Garabrant, James, Steven and their loved ones, and we are eternally grateful for our men and women in uniform and those whose courageous sacrifices keep us safe.”An eye toward 2016
The mid-term election provides a good opportunity for candidates thinking about a presidential run to New Hampshire to endorse candidates as they heighten their own visibility.
For example, Kentucky Sen. Paul was in town immediately after the primary to endorse Scott Brown and rally state Republicans. See a Union Leader story here
More will follow. You can anticipate a Chris Christie visit for Walt Havenstein, maybe a Joe Biden visit for Maggie Hassan, and maybe even a Hillary Clinton visit for Jeanne Shaheen.Sarah Long Bridge money
New Hampshire officials joined with their Maine counterparts to announce a $25 million federal grant to help build a replacement for the Sarah Long Bridge between the two states.
The Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recover (TIGER) grant will be used to fund the rail portion of the bridge. The rail line is used to transport nuclear waste from submarines undergoing maintenance work at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, according to Seacoast Online
Here’s a question for you: Should NH eliminate partisan general elections, and have the top two candidates in the primary advance, even if they are from the same political party? One of our members posited that question in a discussion post, and we’ve got it up for discussion on Facebook
. Let’s hear what you have to say about it.