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Brendan Kelly
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U.S. House, New Hampshire, District 1
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Brendan Kelly was a 2012 Libertarian candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 1st Congressional District of New Hampshire. He was formerly a Libertarian candidate in the September 6 special election for the New Hampshire House of Representatives, Rockingham 14. The special election was called to fill the vacancy created when Gary Wheaton (R) resigned after being arrested for driving without a license.[1]

Kelly is a Selectman from Seabrook, New Hampshire. Kelly lost to Carol Shea-Porter in the general election.[2]


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Brendan Kelly on "Non-Functioning Government."[3]



See also: New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012

Kelly ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent New Hampshire's 1st District. He ran as a Libertarian and faced Carol Shea-Porter (D) and incumbent Frank Guinta (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4]

According to the website Daily Kos, this race was one of nine top-ballot 2012 races that contained Libertarian candidates who received more total votes than was the difference between the Democratic winner and the GOP runner-up. In this case, Kelly took in over 2,000 more votes than the number that separated Shea-Porter and Guinta.[5]

U.S. House, New Hampshire District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Frank Guinta Incumbent 46% 158,659
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCarol Shea-Porter 49.8% 171,650
     Libertarian Brandan Kelly 4.2% 14,521
Total Votes 344,830
Source: New Hampshire Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


See also: State legislative special elections, 2011

Kelly submitted sufficient signature to get on the ballot, but was defeated by Kevin Janvrin (R) in the September 6 special election. Ryan Mahoney (D) also ran for the seat.[6]

New Hampshire House of Representatives, Rockingham 14 (2011)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Kevin Janvrin (R) 726
Ryan Mahoney (D) 595
Brendan Kelly (L) 277

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