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Trump, Sununu cruise to wins in Alton and New Durham

Locals prefer Republicans up and down the ballot

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by Joshua Spaulding
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Sports Editor - Salmon Press Newspapers
November 12, 2020
REGION — While across the state voters went for most of the Democrats at the top of the ballot, voters in Alton and New Durham bucked that trend and gave victories to President Donald Trump and other Republicans up and down the ballot. Barnstead officials did not send their results in time to meet our press deadline.


President Trump received 2,420 votes in Alton, almost 1,000 more than former Vice President Joe Biden, who received 1,439 votes. Biden did win the state's four electoral votes.

Governor Chris Sununu won by a wide margin across the state and absolutely dominated in Alton, getting 3,097 votes to challenger Dan Feltes' 757 votes.

Republican challenger Corky Messner received 2,217 votes against Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen, who received 1,597 votes, but was able to easily win her third term in Washington.

In the race for Congress, incumbent Democrat Chris Pappas was able to retain his seat, but voters in Alton preferred Republican challenger Matt Mowers by a vote of 2.425 to 1,355.

In the race for executive councilor for district one, Republican Joe Kenney received 2,536 votes in Alton and incumbent Michael Cryans received 1,187. Kenney was able to return to the seat that he lost to Cryans two years ago.

Republican State Senator Jim Gray won re-election against Democratic challenger Christopher Rice, winning Alton by a vote of 2,502 to 1,221.

In a race for district five state representative, Republicans Peter Varney (2,316) and Paul Terry (2,249) won seats against Democrats Stephen Copithorne (1,119) and Duane Hammond (1,170).

For district eight state representative, Republican Ray Howard received 2,380 votes in Alton, retaining his seat against a challenge from Democrat Ruth Larson, who received 1,363 votes in Alton.

Republican Bill Wright won the race for county sheriff, finishing with 2,469 votes in Alton to challenger Richard Robinson's 1,154.

For Register of Deeds, Republican Judy McGrath won 2,535 to 1,074 over Democrat Johnna Davis and Republican Alan Glassman won for Register of Probate by a 2,392 to 1,207 vote over Lynn Thomas.

Andrew Livernois for county attorney and Michael Muzzey for county treasurer both ran unopposed.

New Durham

In New Durham, President Trump picked up 1,109 votes while former Vice President Biden received 727 votes overall.

Governor Sununu easily won in New Durham as well, finishing with 1,411 votes to 392 votes for Feltes.

In the race for US Senate, Messner received 991 votes in New Durham while Senator Shaheen received 815 votes in the closest race on the ballot.

Mowers easily outdistanced Pappas in the Congressional race in New Durham by a tally of 1,060 to 716.

Kenney also won his Executive Council race in New Durham, beating Cryans 1,157 to 625.

Gray received 1,103 votes for state senate, easily ahead of Rice with 684 votes.

In the race for state representative, incumbent Republicans Kurt Wuelper (1,020) and Michael Harrington (1,008) defeated Democrats Jeff Allard (657) and Heath Howard (610) in New Durham.

Republican Paul Callaghan won the sheriff's race in New Durham by a tally of 1,129 to 614 over Mark Brave.

The remainder of the races were uncontested, with Thomas Velardi (county attorney), Pamela Arnold (county treasurer), Catherine Berube (register of deeds), Luz Bay (register of probate) and Deanna Rollo, Robert Watson and George Maglaras (three county commissioner seats) all winning their seats.

Sports Editor Joshua Spaulding can be reached at 279-4516, ext. 155 or josh@salmonpress.news.

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