Lamontagne backers think they can raise questions about Ayotte’s conservative credentials by saying her service for a Democratic governor who reappointed her twice is a negative and by citing her refusal to say who she voted for in the ’06 and ’08 governor races, her administering of stimulus money for John Lynch and her statement that she would have voted to confirm Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court. Lamontagne’s campy says he is more staunchly pro-life than she is, although Lamontagne himself has said the campaign is not about social issues.
New Hampshire Union Leader
November 19, 2009
Good For Ovide. Republican Sean Mahoney’s Decision not to run for the U.S. Senate is a marginal advantage at this early stage of the campaign for Ovide Lamontagne.
Mahoney and Lamontagne are being perceived as more conservative than Kelly Ayotte and the two “Bs,” businessmen Bill Binnie and Jim Bender. Lamontagne can try now to claim the mantle as the only “true conservative” alternative to the front-runner.
We’re calling it a marginal plus for the Manchester attorney because it’s so early in the campaign and difficult to hone in now on precisely how much support Mahoney would have taken from Lamontagne, and vice versa, had both run.
But we agree with the consensus of a number of Republican strategists we spoke with following Maghoney’s decision yesterday: Generally speaking, Mahoney and Lamontagne would have been competing for the same bloc of votes.
The Mahoney decision hurts “citizen candidates” Binnie and Bender a bit because it puts one fewer conservative and one fewer “politician” in the race to disburse vote more widely…..
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