Republican Walt Havenstein is walking away from his first foray into electoral politics with an appreciation for New Hampshire lawmakers’ hard work, a debt of gratitude to his staff and supporters, and a personal understanding of just how nasty politics can be. “I think we ran a campaign with courtesy, respect and dignity, or we certainly tried to,” Havenstein told the Associated Press yesterday. “At the end of the day, if the voters in New Hampshire had a different view on how things should be
Election Day has passed but not all of the races in the state are finished; some candidates are now applying for recounts. To be eligible for a recount, a general election race must have a difference of less than 20 percent of the total votes cast between the candidate applying for the recount and the candidate declared elected. Candidates may ask for a recount until 5 p.m. tomorrow. According to the New Hampshire secretary of state’s office, there were no applications for recounts as of
The morning after election day is like no other in the secretary of state’s office. The normally small staff grabs employees from different offices and puts them to the work at hand – verifying the stacks of election paperwork that flowed into the State House after the polls closed. In all, about 40 people yesterday pored through printed ballot results that were spread throughout the Executive Council chambers. Each polling place packages its election returns, which are handed over to the New Hampshire State Police
This much is certain: At least one Moffett will represent Canterbury and Loudon in the state House of Representatives. The second Moffett is locked in a tie in Merrimack County House District 9, a race that will continue for at least a few more days. Howard Moffett, a Canterbury Democrat, won a seat in the House after finishing first with 1,660 votes. Ken Kreis, a Canterbury Republican, finished fourth with 1,397. That left Michael Moffett, a Loudon Republican, and George Saunderson, a Loudon Democrat, fighting
Here’s how each town voted in the U.S. Senate election.
Scott Burns held a sign with his name on it in front of Franklin City Hall yesterday. Burns, the incumbent Democrat representing District 2 in the New Hampshire House, said what we all say now and then: “All I want is bipartisanship.” To which fellow Democrat Janice Kelble, holding an arsenal of signs that left no doubt which party she favors, shook her head. “You’re a dreamer,” Kelble said, laughing. Sad, but true. While we continue to search for compromise and unity among our leaders,
In their third matchup, Democratic U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter lost to Republican Frank Guinta in New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District last night. “Today, I think we have proven New Hampshire wants a better course,” Guinta told his cheering supporters at the Manchester Radisson late last night. “. . . I want to focus on putting people ahead of politics.” With 77 percent of the vote counted, Guinta had 52 percent of the vote to Shea-Porter’s 48 percent. The job is familiar to both of them.
Third-party groups poured more than $31 million into New Hampshire’s Senate race. That makes the race between Democrat incumbent Jeanne Shaheen and Republican Scott Brown seventh in the nation for outside spending this campaign cycle, according to figures released by The Center for Responsive Politics. And big spending from outside groups is a trend researchers there expect will continue going forward. During New Hampshire’s last Senate race, in 2010, outside groups spent roughly $6.4 million in the state. It was just months after the Supreme
U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster riled her supporters at a victory party last night by borrowing a phrase from fellow Democrat, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. “The Koch brothers flooded New Hampshire with their millions in relentless personal angry attacks that have been on the TV for almost a year,” she said. “Tonight you proved New Hampshire is not for sale.” Kuster, a freshman legislator from Hopkinton, won a second term over Republican challenger state Rep. Marilinda Garcia of Salem. With 84 percent of precincts in the
Democrat Dan Feltes easily won the District 15 seat to represent Concord and three of its surrounding towns in the New Hampshire Senate, but yesterday’s election likely strengthened the Republican majority in that body. In 2012, Republicans secured a slim majority, 13-11, in the state Senate. Final tallies for several races this year were not available at press time last night, but Senate President Chuck Morse said the Republicans likely held that edge for the next session. And his party picked up at least one
Democrats staved off Republican challenges last night in all House districts representing Concord, including Penacook, where House majority leader Rep. Steve Shurtleff was facing a strong challenge from a 22-year-old recent college graduate. Shurtleff, a Vietnam veteran and retired U.S. marshal, was running for his sixth term in the House. During the 2014 session, he also served as chairman of the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee and worked on legislation ranging from domestic violence to driving privileges for first-time DWI offenders. Shurtleff, who defeated
The three contested races for the Concord School Board ended in big wins for one incumbent and two newcomers. Barb Higgins will continue to represent District B. She, Jim Richards and Alana Kimball carried every ward in their respective districts. Tom Croteau won a three-year term in District A after running opposed. The winners will have a few months to get up to speed before their January swearing-in. From there, work begins on setting a budget while finding a successor to Superintendent Chris Rath. The