DSCC - WASH POST: Ayotte's Rightward Positioning Meant to Foil Primary Challenge

4. New Hampshire (R): The recently announced candidacies of businessmen Bill Binnie (R) and Ovide Lamontagne (D) make former state attorney general Kelly Ayotte's march to the nomination more complicated. Binnie will likely position himself to Ayotte's left while Lamontagne is sure to cast himself as the only real conservative in the field. National Republicans believe Ayotte's early entrance into the race has allowed her to stake out a series of positions that will make it tough for Lamontagne to get to her ideological right. Still, this is a more real primary fight than it was a month ago. Meanwhile, Rep. Paul Hodes has a free run at the Democratic nod. (Previous ranking: 7)