Unified Democrats file historic slate statewide
Concord - At the close of the filing period today, there were a historic number of strong Democratic candidates running for office this November, including Governor John Lynch, Congressman Paul Hodes, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, and the candidates in the Second Congressional District.
"After our historic elections in 2006, the naysayers said we couldn't hold our majorities in 2008, but we did," said Ray Buckley, chair of the New Hampshire Democratic Party. "And with an amazing slate of hardworking and talented Democrats running for state, county, and federal office this year, all signs point to Democrats holding on to their majorities again."
Democrats will contest a historic 51 county offices in 2010. That is an increase from 2008 and significantly more than either 2004 or 2006.
There are 12 incumbent Senate Democrats running for reelection this year, again the largest number in New Hampshire history. This puts Democrats not only in a good position to retain their majority in the Senate, but also pick up new seats from the Republicans who have only five candidates running in 2010 that were on the ballot in 2008.
In the House races, Democrats filed nearly as many candidates as the historic 2008 elections and a higher percentage of incumbents than ever-before. The official candidate tally shows strong support for Democratic candidates among the New Hampshire's youth, one of the largest groups of voters in the 2008 election.
"The Republican Party is fragmented," continued Buckley. "Without strong leadership, or a coherent positive message coming from the New Hampshire GOP, a civil war has developed between the Tea Partiers and corporate Republican candidates."
Recovering from bloody primary fights just six weeks before the November elections has traditionally been a challenge for New Hampshire candidates of both parties. This is especially true when the candidates attack each other early in the primary, and have significant differences on the issues.