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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

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

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

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

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

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

Primary voting times and locations

Allenstown: 8 a.m.- 7 p.m., St. John Parish Hall, 10 School St. Alton: 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Prospect Mountain High School, 242 Suncook Valley Road Andover: 8 a.m.- 7 p.m., Andover Elementary/Middle School gym Barnstead: 7 a.m.-7 p.m., town hall, 108 S. Barnstead Road Belmont: 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Belmont High School, 255 Seavey Road Boscawen: 7 a.m.-7 p.m., town hall in basement of Boscawen Congregational Church, 12 High St. Bow: 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Bow Memorial School, 20 Bow Center Road Bradford: 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Kearsarge Regional 0

MayDay, Stark360 form unlikely partnership to back Rubens

What do a Harvard professor who wants to get big money out of politics and a New Hampshire super PAC that backs some of the state’s most conservative candidates have in common? They really don’t like Scott Brown, and they’ve formed a partnership aimed at defeating him in today’s primary election. Instead, they’re both backing Jim Rubens, albeit for very different reasons. MayDay is a super PAC started by professor and activist Lawrence Lessig, with the goal of getting money out of politics. It’s backing 4

Garcia rallies with Ted Cruz, Lambert looks for close contact with voters in deadline to Tuesday’s 2nd Congressional District Republican primary

The weekend before an election is the best of times and the worst of times. It’s a time of early-morning events and late nights at phone banks. It’s the time for standing before a cheering crowd, and for reveling in the glory of one more convinced voter. For the candidates in the 2nd Congressional District’s Republican primary, yesterday was a time for politics, both retail and big-scale. Former state senator Gary Lambert of Nashua spent the morning outside the American Legion Post in Weare, and 24

Capital Beat: Five things to watch on primary day

After months of relentless campaigning by candidates for federal and statewide office, the primary is finally here. This Tuesday, voters will choose Republican nominees for Congress, governor and a number of state Senate races, and Democrats will pick a candidate in the state Senate district made up of Concord, Henniker, Hopkinton and Warner. You can expect political activity to ramp up even more once these contests are decided: There are less than 60 days left until the general election, and races will heat up even 0

GOP gubernatorial candidates Walt Havenstein, Andrew Hemingway meet in debate

The candidates seeking the Republican nomination for governor last night agreed more than they disagreed about a wide range of topics from job creation to Medicaid expansion and whether the governor should have gotten involved in the Market Basket dispute during their final debate before Tuesday’s primary. Walt Havenstein and Andrew Hemingway squared off during a televised debate on WMUR-TV, and there was much less of the rhetoric that has marked previous debates. The only time things had the potential to get fiery was when 4

Candidate profile: Bob Smith looks to serve in U.S. Senate once again

Just after the sun set over the Rochester Fairgrounds, Bob Smith climbed up on stage. “We have a country to save,” Smith, 73, told several hundred people seated in the bleachers before him. Many of them had come out to support the Republican candidate at his Freedom Concert, the biggest event of his ongoing campaign for U.S. Senate. But for most of them Smith is not a new face. This campaign is Smith’s latest bid for a Senate seat that he held from 1990 to 4

In District 15 debate, primary candidates say they would lead differently in legislature

Where Democrats Kass Ardinger and Dan Feltes line up on the issues in the District 15 state Senate primary, they stand apart in style. And just days before voters will choose between the two, the candidates highlighted that difference at a debate last night at New England College. Ardinger looked back to advice she received eight years ago, when she was new to the Concord School Board. “Come in without an agenda, work hard, listen, be ready to roll up your sleeves and work with 0