DSCC - WASH POST: Lamontagne Moving Toward Candidacy

Lamontagne's Next Step: Businessman Ovide Lamontagne (R) will launch a Web site [http://www.discoverovide.com/] today to allow him to interact with New Hampshire voters, the next step in his exploration of a Senate race in the Granite State. Lamontagne has been actively considering primary bid against former New Hampshire attorney general Kelly Ayotte for weeks and, according to those close to him, is moving toward such a candidacy. Lamontagne, who was the party's 1996 nominee for governor, would almost certainly run to Ayotte's ideological right -- a potentially strong position given the makeup of the New Hampshire Republican primary. Democrats have cleared their field for Rep. Paul Hodes.