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Kuster attacks Garcia on 'Tea Party playbook' in first ad

U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster released an ad laying out how her campaign will try to define her opponent, state Rep. Marilinda Garcia, as the two battle for the 2nd Congressional District seat. The ad highlights Garcia’s rally two days before the Republican primary with Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, calling him “the architect of the government shutdown.” He supports her “because Garcia has stuck to the Tea Party playbook,” the narrator says. The ad then lists Garcia’s stated opposition to the federal Department of Education 16

Poll has Shaheen, Brown in dead heat; another poll has Shaheen up 8 points

Several new polls released today reveal widely differing outlooks in the race for U.S. Senate. A CNN poll shows incumbent U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Republican challenger Scott Brown locked in a dead heat among likely voters, with both earning 48 percent. A vast majority of those likely voters said their mind was already made up; 17 percent said they might change their decision. Shaheen scored a higher favorability rating among likely voters polled: 54 percent to Brown’s 46 percent. The margin of error is 1

After primary, Democrat incumbents officially start their campaigns

After spending months out of the spotlight while Republican primary candidates waged war against each other, the Democratic incumbents in the state’s top offices officially began their general election campaigns Tuesday night. The campaigns of four major office holders – Gov. Maggie Hassan, U.S. Reps. Annie Kuster and Carol Shea-Porter, and U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen – tied their newly minted opponents to outside interests such as the Koch brothers, saying each can’t be trusted to represent New Hampshire’s values. They’ll face Walt Havenstein, state Rep. 5

Executive Council District 4: Repeat tilt pits Pappas vs. Burns

A pair of familiar political foes will square off for Executive Council District 4, where incumbent Democrat Chris Pappas will face a challenge from Republican Bob Burns. Pappas of Manchester easily defeated Maria Chilson, while Burns beat Jim Adams of Pittsfield in the Republican primary. November will mark the third-straight general election that pits Pappas against Bedford native and Manchester resident Burns. Burns sandwiched a 2010 victory for Hillsborough County treasurer between two defeats. Pappas defeated Burns by about 13,000 votes in the 2012 District 0

Brown uses victory speech to take early swing at Shaheen

U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown came away with a decisive win in the Republican primary last night over Jim Rubens and Bob Smith, setting the stage for a highly anticipated showdown with incumbent U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. The two have been waging an unofficial campaign war for months, and both wasted no time launching their general election messages yesterday. During his victory speech, Brown continued to criticize Shaheen, a Democrat, for being a rubber stamp on what he called President Obama’s failed health care plan 2

Havenstein win sets up showdown with Hassan

Former BAE Systems leader Walt Havenstein will take on incumbent Gov. Maggie Hassan this November after landing a decisive victory against activist and entrepreneur Andrew Hemingway in last night’s Republican primary.  Havenstein had captured 56 percent of the vote as of press time with 78 percent of precincts reporting, compared with Hemingway’s 37 percent. Addressing his supporters, Havenstein said it will take hard work to defeat Hassan in November.  “This is a great evening for New Hampshire, a great evening for us, and frankly just 0

Garcia defeats Lambert, Lawrence in 2nd Congressional GOP race

Marilinda Garcia resoundingly won the Republican nomination for Congress in the 2nd Congressional District, securing 50 percent of the vote with almost all precincts reporting last night. Former state senator Gary Lambert of Nashua received about 27 percent of the vote, and former state representative Jim Lawrence of Hudson secured about 19 percent, according to WMUR. Garcia goes on to face incumbent Rep. Annie Kuster in a race that’s sure to attract significant attention and money from the national parties and political action committees. The 9

Feltes wins all wards, towns in District 15

Concord attorney Dan Feltes defeated Concord School Board member Kass Ardinger in yesterday’s District 15 state Senate primary. Feltes, 35, will be the Democrat on the general election ballot to replace outgoing state Sen. Sylvia Larsen, who has held the seat for 20 years. Larsen endorsed 54-year-old Ardinger early in the campaign, but Feltes yesterday won all 10 Concord wards and the three surrounding towns in District 15. The final count came to 3,269 votes for Feltes and 1,398 votes for Ardinger. Feltes entered his 9

Low voter turnout for N.H. primaries

Lisa Donovan captured the sentiment yesterday after voting in the Democratic primary at St. Peter’s Parish Hall in Concord. “There’s nobody here,” she said. While final voter turnout was still being tallied late last night, the overwhelming sense was voter turnout was low, especially on the Democratic side, with Gov. Maggie Hassan and overwhelming favorite and the Democratic Congressional delegation running unopposed in the primary. The state expected about 20 percent of registered voters to show at the polls, according to Secretary of State Bill 0

Primary blog: Brown, Feltes, Havenstein, Garcia win

10:15 p.m.: Scott Brown won a decisive victory in the Republican primary last night with a double digit lead over both his challengers, Jim Rubens and Bob Smith. Brown’s win now officially pits him against the state’s incumbent U.S. Senator, Democrat Jeanne Shaheen. The two have been waging an unofficial campaign war against each other for months, and both wasted no time launching their general election messages yesterday. ----------------------- 10:10 p.m.: From the AP: State Rep. Marilinda Garcia has won the Republican nomination in New 0