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October 29, 2012

By Ballotpedia's Congressional team

New Hampshire's Congressional Elections in 2012
U.S. Senate Election? U.S. House seats Possible competitive races?
No 2 2 (1st, 2nd)

CONCORD: New Hampshire: New Hampshire has 2 U.S. House seats on the ballot in 2012. Both incumbents are running for re-election, and each faces more than one challenger.

In the 1st District, Republican incumbent Frank Guinta faces Democratic candidate Carol Shea-Porter, former representative for the district. Shea-Porter served until Guinta defeated her in 2010. Despite a redistricting map drawn to protect the Republican nature of the 1st District, the Cook Political Report rates this race as a toss-up.[1][2]

In New Hampshire's 2nd District, Republican incumbent Charles Bass is running for the second time against Democratic challenger Ann McLane Kuster. After redistricting, Bass' republican base is weaker than it was in 2010, and Cook rates this race as "leaning democratic."[3] The 2nd District has been included in the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's "Red to Blue List," which identifies districts that the organization has specifically targeted to flip from Republican to Democratic control.[4] Bass defeated Kuster by less than three percentage points in 2010.

Polling place hours of operation vary in New Hampshire. 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.[5][6]

See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times (2012)

Here is a complete list of U.S. House candidates appearing on the general election ballot in New Hampshire:

District General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
1st Democratic Party Carol Shea-Porter
Republican Party Frank Guinta
Libertarian Party Brendan Kelly
Frank Guinta Pending Pending
2nd Democratic Party Ann McLane Kuster
Republican Party Charlie Bass
Libertarian Party Hardy Macia
Independent Danny Keating
Charlie Bass Pending Pending
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
 Congressional Redistricting Map, approved May 2012 

For more information, view Redistricting in New Hampshire.

See also

New Hampshire


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