New Hampshire Primary Results LIVE: John Lynch Seat Up For Grabs in November
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10:10pm: Live blog, out.
10:06pm: WMUR has called the Dem gubernatorial primary for Maggie Hassan, more than one hour after PolicyMic did.
9:55pm: Nearly half of the precincts have reported, and Jackie Cilley has a lot of work to do:
9:34: The gap between Hassan and Cilley remains a 20+ point spread.
9:20pm: The gap is narrowing in the Dem gubernatorial primary:
8:59pm: Hassan with commanding 30-point lead with 15% of precincts reporting. From WMUR:
8:50pm: Polling data for the upcoming gubernatorial race between Lamontagne and Hassan:
8:43pm: PolicyMic is calling the Democratic gubernatorial primary for Maggie Hassan. Snapshot from WMUR:
8:34pm: So, New Hampshire is getting, two 2010 midterm rematches as expected in its November congressional races. Frank Guinta vs. Carol Shea-Porter in the 1st districtm and Charles Bass vs. Ann Kuster in the 2nd.
8:23pm: We can safely call the GOP gubernatorial primary for Ovide Lamontagne. He will likely face Maggie Hassan who is winning handily at the moment.
8:17pm: Democratic gubernatorial primary results so far from WMUR:
8:11pm: We can call the GOP 1st congressional district for incumbent Frank Guinta, and the GOP 2nd for incumbent Charlie Bass. No surprises here.
8:07pm: Fundraising snapshot of the 2nd congressional likely matchup in November:
7:57pm: Three minutes until all polls are closed in the state. In case you were wondering, here's the fundraising picture so far for the likely matchup in the 1st congressional district in November:
Headlining New Hampshire's Tuesday primary are the gubernatorial races to determine who will run for the seat of Democratic Governor John Lynch, who is declining to seek a fifth two-year term. A poll conducted by PPP last month showed Lynch is leaving office a popular governor, as his approval rating was at 60%, with only 26% disapproving. Whether this will bode well for the Democratic nominee remains to be seen, as the same poll harbingers a tight race in November.
The three Democratic candidates for governor are frontrunner and former state Senate Majority Leader Maggie Hassan, former state Senator Jackie Cilley, and Afghan war veteran Bill Kennedy. On the GOP side are frontrunner and business attorney Ovide Lamontagne, former state Representative Kevin Smith, and former store manager Bob Tarr.
In the most likely matchup, polls indicate Hassan holds a 45% to 43% over Lamontagne in a statistical dead heat.
For the U.S. House of Representatives, freshman Republican Congressman Frank Guinta faces two primary challengers in the 1st district -- Vern Clough and Rick Parent. Guinta is expected to win handily. In November he will face-off against former Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, who is running unopposed in the Democratic primary. Guinta defeated Shea-Porter in the 2010 midterm elections.
In the 2nd district Republican Congressman Charlie Bass faces four primary challengers, but is expected to win. Bass will face Democrat Ann Kuster who's running unopposed in the Democratic primary. Like the 1st district general election, this would be a rematch of the 2010 election when Kuster ousted Bass. A WMUR poll released last month showed Bass with a five point lead.
New Hampshire will be hotbed for presidential campaign activity. Despite its minuscule four electoral votes, this left-leaning purple state is very much in play in the contest between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. Had Al Gore managed to win the state of New Hampshire in 2000, he would have become president. According to a recent PPP poll, Obama leads Romney in this state by six points.
For all other race results, consult the New Hampshire Secretary of State website as they roll in after 8pm.
All polls will close by 8pm.