'N.H. winners: Ayotte, Bass, Guinta, Lynch'

Last modified: 11/3/2010 12:00:00 AM
Former Manchester mayor Frank Guinta, former U.S. representative Charlie Bass, Gov. John Lynch and former attorney general Kelly Ayotte have won their respective races, according to election returns and Associated Press projections.

Bass, who represented New Hampshire in the U.S. House for a dozen years, defeated Democratic nominee Ann McLane Kuster in the race for the 2nd District seat. Recent polls had shown the race close, with Kuster having a slight edge.

Republican Guinta bested Democratic U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter to represent New Hampshire's 1st District. He was dogged throughout the campaign by questions about his personal finances. But he kept the focus on the issues, contrasting his record of enacting Manchester's first tax cut in a decade with what he called Shea-Porter's failure to protect small businesses.

Lynch fended off Republican John Stephen to win a historic fourth consecutive two-year term as New Hampshire's governor, according to an Associated Press projection. In the race for the U.S. Senate seat held by Republican Judd Gregg, who is retiring, Republican Ayotte has defeated Democratic Congressman Paul Hodes, according to the AP.

Ayotte, 42, of Nashua, was state attorney general from 2004 to 2009 and spent most of her career in the attorney general’s office. On the campaign trail, Ayotte touted her credentials as a “prosecutor not a politician” who made tough decisions throughout her career. In a race that has centered mostly on the economy, Ayotte stuck closely to the Republican Party platform. She would cut government spending, oppose any tax increases and repeal President Obama’s health care reforms. Hodes, 59, is an attorney and a two-term Congressman from Concord.

The Associated Press contributed information to this story.

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