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Local primary results echo statewide with one exception

Mahoney beats Guinta locally, Kimball does well

AT JUST BEFORE 9 A.M. on primary day last Tuesday, Sept. 14, only Rick Parent, candidate for First District U.S. Representative, was holding a sign at the polls in Wolfeboro. Parent, a Wolfeboro resident, picked up 83 votes and came in fourth, behind winner Frank Guinta and runners-up Rich Ashooh and Sean Mahoney. Overall Republican turnout in Wolfeboro was 73.1 percent (1,278 out of 1,749 Republicans on the checklist) (Thomas Beeler photo) (click for larger version)
September 16, 2010
REGION — At press time the Republican primary race for U.S. Senate was still too close to call, with Kelly Ayotte leading Ovide Lamontage by two percentage points or 1,664 votes statewide.

In 10 local towns the Senate race was much closer, with Ayotte holding a total of 2,002 votes vs. 1,970 for Lamontagne, a spread of only 32 votes, or less than one percent. Overall, Ayotte won six of 10 local towns (Brookfield, Ossipee, Tamworth, Tuftonboro, Wakefield and Wolfeboro). In Wolfeboro Ayotte beat Lamontagne by only six votes, 479 to 473 and in Brookfield the margin was four votes, 62 to 58. Her best showing was in Ossipee, where she won by 56 votes, 237 to 181.

Lamontagne beat Ayotte in four towns (Alton, Effingham, Freedom and New Durham). His biggest margin was in Alton, where he won by 113 votes, 428 to 315.

When the winner is declared, he or she will face off against Democrat Paul Hodes, who ran unopposed.

In the Republican primary for U.S. Representative in the First District, Frank Guinta was declared the winner, clearly beating both Rich Ashooh and Sean Mahoney with 32 percent of the vote vs. 28 percent for the contenders. Locally, however, Mahoney beat Guinta by a total vote in the 10 towns of 1,770 to 1,325. The only town where Guinta prevailed was in Freedom, where he beat Mahoney by only two votes, 91 to 89. Mahoney's largest margin was in Wolfeboro, where he prevailed by 125 votes, 419 to 294. Ashooh also beat Gunita by small margins in three towns (Alton, Tuftonboro and Wolfeboro).

Wolfeboro's Rick Parent won a total of 187 votes, outpolling Peter Bearse (64 votes), Andrew Kohlhofer (34), and Kevin Rondeau (72). Parent's best performance was in Wolfeboro, where he received 83 votes.

Guinta will run in the general election against incumbent Carol Shea-Porter, who ran unopposed in the Democratic primary.

In the race for Governor, John Stephen was declared the winner statewide, beating back a challenge from businessman Jack Kimball. In the 10 local towns, Stephen won by 809 votes, 2,350 to 1,541. Kimball came closest in Effingham, losing by only 12 votes, 78 to 56.

Stephen will challenge incumbent John Lynch in November. Lynch easily beat his two challengers statewide and in the 10 local towns.

The only other contest of note was the race for Carroll County Attorney in the Democratic primary. In that contest incumbent Robin Gordon beat challenger Anthony Mincu by a margin 726 votes to Mincu's 115 in eight towns (Alton and New Durham are in other counties).

Gordon will face off against Republican candidate Thomas Dewhurst, who ran unopposed.

Candidates in all other races in both parties ran unopposed. Incumbent Republican Ray Burton will run against Beth Funicella for Executive Councilor. Republican Jeb Bradley will run against Beverly Woods for State Senator. For the N.H. House in District 3, Republicans Dave Babson, Mark McConkey and Harry Merrow will run against Susan Wiley, the only Democratic candidate. In District 4, Republican incumbents Chris Ahlgren, Dave Knox and Betsey Patten plus newcomer Steve Schmidt will run against John White and Louise Graham, the only two Democratic candidates for the four positions. In District 5, Republican incumbents Joe Fleck and Dino Scala will run against Jeff Ballard and Martha Pike. For County Treasurer, Republican Jack Widmer will run against Maureen Westrick-Forbes. For County Register of Probate, Republican Gail Monet will have a rematch with Ruth Hall. For County Commissioner, Democratic incumbent Chip Albee is being challenged by Republican Asha Kenney. Republican Dave Sorenson is running unopposed for the other open County Commissioner seat and Republican Sheriff Chris Conley is also running unopposed.

Overall turnouts were as low as 24 percent, based on total registered voters. However, Republican turnouts in some towns were quite high. The Republican turnout in Brookfield was 76.4 percent (136 of 178 registered Republicans), 67.7 percent in Tuftonboro (523 of 773 registered), and 73.1 percent in Wolfeboro (1,278 of 1,749 registered). "Undeclared" is the largest category in most towns.

Martin Lord & Osman
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