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Jeb Bradley re-elected to State Senate

Two Democrats projected to win in House races

by Thomas Beeler
Editor of The Granite State News

IN BROOKFIELD the press of voters started early, but Moderator William Marsh and Town Clerk Ginny McGinley were ready to handle the rush. McGinley just completed her 25th year as Town Clerk in Brookfield. (Thomas Beeler photo) (click for larger version)
November 08, 2012
COUNTY — Incumbent Republican State Senator Jeb Bradley of Wolfeboro won re-election in Senate District 3, which is Carroll County. Bradley outpolled Democratic challenger Jeff Ballard by a margin of 61 to 39 percent, 16,280 votes to Ballard's 10,406. That overall result was seen in all area towns, with Bradley winning 279-134 in Brookfield (Ballard's home town), 1,080-494 in Tuftonboro, 1,549-888 in Wakefield and 2,672-1,453 in Wolfeboro.

Republican Executive Councilor Ray Burton also won re-election by a margin of 57 to 43 percent over Democrat Beth Funicella. He won 225-120 in Brookfield, 945-431 in Tuftonboro, 1,351-827 in Wakefield, and 2,337-1,313 in Wolfeboro.

In area State House races Republican Candidates again won heavily, but not all contests went to them this time as it had in 2010. Democrats won seats in Districts 4 and 5.

In District 4 (Moultonborough, Sandwich, Tuftonboro), Democrat Chris Albee and Republican newcomer Glenn Cordelli, both from Tuftonboro, were leading Karel Crawford, but results from Moultonborough were still not available at press time.

In District 5 (Brookfield, Effingham, Ossipee, Wakefield), veteran Republican Harry Merrow of Ossipee topped the contenders with 2,837 votes, followed by newcomer Republican Bill Nelson of Brookfield with 2,694 votes and Democrat Tom Lavender, also of Brookfield, with 2,353. Veteran Republican Lis Olimpio of Wakefield had 2,209 votes, not enough to earn her one of the three seats.

In District 6 (Wolfeboro) incumbents Chris Ahlgren and Steve Schmidt won re-election, gathering 2,087 and 2,010 votes respectively against Democratic challengers John R. White's 1,506 and Beverly Woods' 1,691.

In District 8 (Brookfield, Effingham, Moultonborough, Ossipee, Sandwich, Tuftonboro and Wakefield) at press time Republican Ted Wright of Tuftonboro was leading Democrat Susan Wiley 3,840 votes to 3,719 with votes from Moultonborough still not available.

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