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2012 elections preview: New Hampshire voters to select winners in congressional, legislative primaries

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September 10, 2012

By Ballotpedia's Congressional and State legislative teams

The primary season continues tomorrow with elections in Delaware, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island.

Here's what to watch for in New Hampshire, where polling place hours of operation vary. In general, polling places open between 6:00 am and 11:00 am and close at 7:00 pm or 8:00 pm, Eastern Time. Voters in New Hampshire should contact their municipal clerk's office for actual polling place times.[1][2]

Contested Primaries in New Hampshire -- September 11, 2012
U.S. House
(2 seats)
State Legislature
(424 seats)
Total Democratic Contested Primaries 0 (0%) 18 (7.9%)
Total Republican Contested Primaries 2 (100%) 68 (29.8%)

Congress

U.S. House

United States House of Representatives elections in New Hampshire, 2012

New Hampshire has two congressional seats on the ballot in 2012. A total of 12 candidates filed to run, made up of 2 Democratic challengers, 6 Republican challengers, 2 incumbents, and 2 third-party candidates. Including states with primaries tomorrow, a total of 429 U.S. House seats have held primaries. Thus far, 55.01% of possible primaries have been contested. New Hampshire's contested figure of 50% (2 out of 4 possible party primaries) is slightly less competitive than the national average.

Republican Party District 1: Incumbent Frank Guinta faces a primary challenge from Vern Clough and Rick Parent in the Republican primary. The winner will face Carol Shea-Porter in November, who is running unopposed in the Democratic primary.
Republican Party District 2: Incumbent Charlie Bass is challenged by Gerard Beloin, Will Dean, Miroslaw Dziedzic, and Dennis Lamare in the Republican primary. The winner will face Ann McLane Kuster in November, who is running unopposed in the Democratic primary. Libertarian Hardy Macia and Independent Danny Keating will also compete in the general election.


Members of the U.S. House from New Hampshire -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 0 2
     Republican Party 2 0
Total 2 2

State legislature

See also New Hampshire State Senate elections, 2012 and New Hampshire House of Representatives elections, 2012

In New Hampshire, there are 424 total legislative seats with elections in 2012. There are 18 (7.9%) contested Democratic primaries and 68 (29.8%) contested Republican primaries. Thus, there are 86 (18.9%) races with at least two candidates on the ballot. The 18.9% figure of contested primaries in New Hampshire is on par with the current national contested average of 18.4%.

There are a total of 144 incumbents facing primary opposition -- 14 Democrats and 130 Republican.

Some interesting races out of the Senate include:

Democratic Party District 5: In the only Democratic primary for Senate, voters will have the choice between challengers Sandy Harris and David Pierce. Pierce is a current member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives and Harris formerly represented in the House.
Republican Party District 9: Freshman incumbent Andy Sanborn faces off against challengers Michael Kenney and Ken Hawkins. Hawkins is a current member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives. The winner will advance to face Lee C. Nyquist in the general election.


New Hampshire House of Representatives
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 103 221
     Republican Party 288 179
     Independent 2 0
     Vacancy 7 0
Total 400 400


New Hampshire State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 5 11
     Republican Party 19 13
Total 24 24


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