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"She's a rookie candidate," he said. "It's difficult running for U.S. Senate, and she's never really run for anything before. There will inevitably be some bumps in the road."

Lamontagne has the advantage of political experience, and both Bender and Binnie have the benefit of personal fortunes to help bankroll their campaigns and boost their limited name recognition - though it is still uncertain how much they are willing to spend.

GOP Senate hopefuls share fiscal message

Four vying to run for Gregg's seat

By Margot Sanger-Katz
Concord Monitor staff

Too much spending and too much debt were on the minds of the state's four Republican candidates for U.S. Senate yesterday when they spoke to a turkey luncheon of Republicans about economic issues.

The four candidates, Kelly Ayotte, Jim Bender, Bill Binnie and Ovide Lamontagne sounded similar themes during compressed stump speeches at a Franklin event on economic issues. All four criticized the president and U.S. Congress for spending too much taxpayer money, increasing the national debt and seeking to expand the reach of the federal government.

"Say no," said Lamontagne, an attorney and former Republican candidate for governor, to applause. "Enough is enough."

The candidates are vying to replace Sen. Judd Gregg, who plans to retire from the Senate at the end of his term. Rep. Paul Hodes will be the winner's Democratic opponent.[…]

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