State Senate race separated by 0.0017 percent – that’s 9 votes

  • Ruth Ward is a candidate in Republican primary for Senate 8 seat. (Courtesy photograph)

  • James Beard is a Republican candidate for the Senate District 8 seat. (Courtesy photograph)

Monitor staff
Published: 9/14/2016 5:42:50 PM

There were close races at the top of the GOP ticket Tuesday, but none as close as state Senate District 8, where the two hopefuls were separated by nine votes out of 5,229 cast – slightly less than 2 one-thousandths of a percent.

With all 25 towns reporting, Ruth Ward had 2,619 votes and Jim Beard had 2,610. Beard has requested a recount.

Ward, of Stoddard, is a retired nurse practitioner. Beard, a Lempster native, had a career in the aviation industry.

Democrat John Garvey of New London, an attorney who teaches at University of New Hampshire School of Law, ran unopposed on that party’s ballot. District 8 stretches west from Weare.

By contrast, the GOP race in District 16, which includes Bow and Dunbarton, was the most lopsided of the night, with Joe Duarte taking 98 percent of the vote.

That’s because Duarte’s opponent, Don Winterton, withdrew late after he was disqualified for not having lived in New Hampshire for seven years, as required by law.

On the Democratic side of District 16, the president of the state’s largest teachers’ union, Scott McGilvray of Hooksett, easily defeated Kolawole Ernest Adewumi, a newcomer.

They are seeking to replace Republican Sen. David Boutin, who did not seek re-election.

In District 2 on the GOP side, Bob Giuda, a former Marine fighter pilot and three-term member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, defeated Brian Gallagher of Sanbornton, a one-term state representative and business manager in the Newfound School District. Giuda won 54 percent to 46 percent.

He will face Charlie Chandler of Warren, who ran unopposed.

District 2 consists of 27 towns in three counties, including Center Harbor, Danbury, Hill, Meredith, New Hampton, Sanbornton, Tilton and Wilmot. Incumbent Jeanie Forrester, a Republican, stepped down to run unsuccessfully for governor.

(David Brooks can be reached at 369-3313 or or on Twitter @GraniteGeek.)

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David Brooks is a reporter and the writer of the sci/tech column Granite Geek and blog, as well as moderator of the monthly Science Cafe Concord events. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in mathematics he became a newspaperman, working in Virginia and Tennessee before spending 28 years at the Nashua Telegraph . He joined the Monitor in 2015.

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