Sorry, N.H. Young Republicans: Sanborn isn’t running for the U.S. Senate
No, state Rep. Laurie Sanborn isn’t running for the U.S. Senate.
The New Hampshire Young Republicans held their annual lobster bake and straw poll Saturday, and Sanborn — a Bedford Republican now serving her second term in the House – was the runner up for the U.S. Senate with 25 percent, just behind former Massachusetts senator Scott Brown at 28 percent.
Sanborn said she was surprised to find herself on the Senate ballot Saturday since, “unless something dramatically changes,” she’s not running in 2014.
“I am not planning a run for the U.S. Senate at this time,” Sanborn said today.
She said she isn’t ruling it out “for the future,” but for now she’s focused on helping the Republicans win back a majority in the House next year.
Sanborn is a member of the House GOP leadership as “policy leader” and sits on two powerful committees, the House Rules Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee. She owns The Draft in Concord with her husband, state Sen. Andy Sanborn, who last month announced he won’t seek the governor’s office in 2014.
Behind Sanborn in Saturday’s straw poll: 19 percent for Charlie Bass, 16 percent for Jim Rubens and 12 percent for Karen Testerman. Bass has said he’s exploring a run for the Senate, while Rubens and Testerman have both announced they’ll seek the Republican nomination to face Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.
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