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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 18

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

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

Smith, Rubens go after Brown in GOP U.S. Senate debate

Jim Rubens and Bob Smith repeatedly put Scott Brown on defense during a debate last night, attacking him for flip-flopping on issues and saying he lacks Republican principles on everything from the Second Amendment to health care. “Mr. Brown, tear up those talking points. For heaven’s sake, you vote with President Obama more than you vote with the Republican Party,” Smith said after Brown said he doesn’t regret any of the votes he took as a Massachusetts U.S. senator. The debate, aired on WMUR, was 7

Campaign financial reports released for Ardinger, Feltes

The two Democrats on the ballot in state Senate District 15 are spending big to draw voters to the primary polls next week. At the second deadline for campaign financial reports this week, Concord attorney Dan Feltes had outraised Concord School Board member Kass Ardinger by more than $27,000 overall. In the past two weeks, the candidates kept even pace by raising less than $5,000 each but spending more than $18,000 apiece. Less than a week before the primary election, Ardinger said she felt “engergized.” 0

Lambert stands by ads attacking Garcia, after GOP leaders ask him to pull them

Marilinda Garcia’s campaign has called in the reserves to defend her against attacks from Gary Lambert, as the two battle for the Republican nomination in the 2nd Congressional District. Three Republicans who have thus far kept out of the race, including Bryan Gould, chairman of the Merrimack County Republican Committee, issued a statement today calling on Lambert’s campaign to stop airing his latest TV attacks against her. Lambert’s Campaign Manager Josh Davidson said they will not pull the ads. “When you can’t defend your record, 0

Nine labor unions endorse Shaheen

A coalition of the state’s largest labor unions, including the National Education Association and State Employees Association, put their backing behind incumbent U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen while knocking her top opponent, Scott Brown. “This election, we’re going door to door because there’s a real contrast in this race between someone running for New Hampshire working families and someone who’s in this race to line his own pockets,” said Mark Mackenzie, President of the NH AFL-CIO said in a press release from the Shaheen campaign. In 1

Candidate profile: Scott Brown tells N.H. voters he’s an independent voice

Ever since Scott Brown made Rye his home in December, he has been traveling across the state – green pickup truck and all – on a mission to convince New Hampshire voters that he should represent them in the U.S. Senate. If he wins, Brown would be the third person in U.S. history to represent two states in the Senate. From the start, observers said Brown would have an uphill battle against Democratic incumbent Jeanne Shaheen. He came out of the gate swinging at her 3

Gov. Maggie Hassan continues to outraise Republican opponents Hemingway, Havenstein

The focus in the governor’s race may be on the Republican primary, but it was Democratic incumbent Maggie Hassan who posted the highest fundraising totals by yesterday’s filing date. Between Aug. 20 and Sept. 3, Hassan’s campaign raised nearly $80,000 and now has $1.12 million cash on hand. Hassan’s numbers dwarf those of her Republican challengers – Walt Havenstein and Andrew Hemingway – who will face off in the primary Tuesday. Havenstein pulled in about $36,500 between Aug. 20 and Sept. 3 and has more 0

Candidates in contested state House races weigh in on the issues

(This article has been updated to correct state Rep. JR Hoell’s position on expanded gambling.) The candidates for state representative in our area who are facing contested primaries were asked to fill out a short questionnaire on issues they would likely tackle in the next legislative session and to share their personal philosophies and priorities. The answers from those who responded from the Hillsborough County race and Merrimack County races are below. Hillsborough County District 2 (Deering, Weare) – 3 seats The Democratic race is 1

Garcia, Lambert trade jabs over health care, immigration in debate

State Rep. Marilinda Garcia was the target of several attacks during last night’s debate between the candidates vying for the Republican nomination in the 2nd Congressional District. Those attacks – and her counterattacks directed at former state senator Gary Lambert – were shot down by former state representative Jim Lawrence. In his closing remarks and several times earlier in the debate, Lawrence called on voters to support him and reject negative campaigning and intraparty scuffles. “The attack ads, the fighting, this makes people sick and 4

District 2 Republican candidates try to set themselves apart on immigration

The United States’s southern border is more than 2,000 miles away from New Hampshire, but the flood of immigrants across that line in recent months has dominated debate in the 2nd Congressional District’s Republican primary. The first attack ad this primary? Former state senator Gary Lambert accused state Rep. Marilinda Garcia of supporting amnesty for illegal immigrants. The first line to get applause at a candidates’ debate in Rindge last month? Former state representative Jim Lawrence pledged that his first action if elected, would be 0

Scott Brown jokes about voter fraud

Scott Brown recently told conservative talk show host Howie Carr that out-of-state voters who support him should cross the border and vote for him on Election Day. Brown campaign says he was joking, but voter fraud hasn’t historically been a joking matter in New Hampshire – especially if you ask Republicans. Boston.com first reported the comments, which Brown made on Carr’s show in August. His comments came in response to a caller from Connecticut who asked why New Hampshire voters should support Brown. “Well they 8