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NRSC Memo: New Hampshire Senate Primary Results

To:            U.S. Senate Republican Leadership

From:        U.S. Senator John Cornyn, NRSC Chairman

Re:            New Hampshire Senate Primary Results

Date:         Wednesday, September 15, 2010

After an open and spirited primary, New Hampshire voters chose former state Attorney General Kelly Ayotte as their Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate, providing Granite Staters with the opportunity to elect a proven, commonsense leader who will fight for smaller government, lower taxes, less spending, and checks-and-balances in Washington.

Liberal Congressman Paul Hodes’ radical left-wing agenda demonstrates that he is far out of step with the values and interests of the state’s fiscally responsible voters. Hodes blindly rubberstamped his party bosses’ failed $787 billion stimulus debacle, and he helped ram into law their massive health care overhaul, which a majority of New Hampshire voters want repealed. Hodes also supported the auto bailout, voted for the radical environmentalists’ cap-and-trade energy tax, and co-sponsored the labor bosses job-killing card check proposal, which would kill workers’ rights to a secret ballot.

That’s why Kelly Ayotte has led her Democrat opponent in every voter survey taken of this race for more than a year. In fact, Rasmussen Reports’ most recent survey shows Kelly Ayotte holding a strong 51 to 38 percent lead over Paul Hodes this November. Meanwhile, Hodes’ national party bosses still refuse to commit to his campaign, demonstrating their wariness about his weak candidacy.

Kelly and her husband Joe, an Iraq war veteran and small business owner, understand firsthand how burdensome Washington policies can affect job-creators in New Hampshire and across America. She knows that out-of-control government spending has hurt our economy and failed to create the much-needed jobs the current administration promised. And Kelly realizes that our children and grandchildren will pay the price for the nation’s current $13 trillion debt, which Hodes championed as an incumbent member of Congress.

Paul Hodes wants a promotion to the U.S. Senate so he can continue to rubberstamp his party’s costly tax-and-spend agenda. In contrast, Kelly Ayotte will be an independent-minded leader who will stand up for the Granite State. If voters like the direction in which Washington is moving, they should elect Paul Hodes. But if they believe that we can do better than the status quo and they are tired of the reckless spending and bloated bureaucracy in Washington, they should choose Kelly Ayotte.

The choice is clear this November, and that is why I am confident that New Hampshire voters will elect Kelly Ayotte as their next U.S. Senator.

To learn more please text “HODES” to 54608

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NHDP Chair Ray Buckley on Kelly Ayotte Surviving the GOP Senate Primary

Concord - New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley released the following statement on Kelly Ayotte's defeat of Ovide Lamontagne, Bill Binnie, and Jim Bender in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate.

"Throughout this campaign, Kelly Ayotte has proven that she would not stand up for the people of New Hampshire.  She has made clear that she is out of touch with Granite State values, and that in the Senate she would be a rubber stamp for her Republican Party handlers, the Washington insiders financing her campaign, and Sarah Palin.  

"In addition to opposing every single piece of legislation designed to create jobs and rebuild economy proposed this year, Kelly has continually altered her positions to fall in line with the radical fringe of the national Republican Party.  She has flip-flopped in numerous key issues including, stating that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act shouldn't have been passed after eagerly using the funds as Attorney General, and falsely claiming that global warming isn't real after acknowledging the threat it posed just one year ago.

"The simple truth is that New Hampshire voters can't trust her to represent them in the United States Senate."


Ovide for Senate - Comments on Last Night's Election

Manchester, NH--Jim Merrill, Senior Advisor to Ovide for Senate, this morning released a statement concerning last night's primary election.

"On behalf of Ovide and our entire campaign team, I want to extend a heartfelt 'thank you' to the thousands of supporters who turned out yesterday to make calls, knock on doors, hold signs and vote for Ovide. The momentum that everyone has felt for Ovide in recent weeks was very real, and it showed yesterday by the evening ending with the race too close to call. Ovide's supporters have proven that a true grassroots effort, hard work, passion and principle still make a real difference in New Hampshire. We are still awaiting a final tally from yesterday's vote, which has not yet been released. While we wait, we ask for your patience and we will release an update once we have additional information."


NHDP Party Chair Ray Buckley's Statement Regarding the New Hampshire State Senate Primary Election Results 

Concord - New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley released the following statement regarding the New Hampshire state Senate primary election results.

"Last night, the people of New Hampshire witnessed the end to a NH state Senate primary election that brought out the best in Democrats, and the worst in Republicans. While our Democratic state Senators and candidates were unified and on the ground reaching out to voters, the Republican state Senate candidates were divided and distracted by constant bickering.

The best interests of New Hampshire voters were lost among the primary battles waged between Republicans, who consistently tried to portray themselves as more right-wing and more extreme than their opponent. Amidst all the in-fighting, the Republican state Senate candidates lost sight of the commonsense, cooperative approach to politics that we take here in New Hampshire.

Our Democratic state Senators and candidates have maintained a unified front that will forge ahead toward November and uphold the Democratic Majority in the Senate that helped to keep New Hampshire's unemployment rate 40% below the national average, and worked to make our state a regional leader in the economic recovery effort.

New Hampshire needs strong and steadfast leadership to tackle the challenges ahead, and only the Democrats have shown the unity and dedication necessary to get the job done."


Ayotte For US Senate - Urgent Reminder 

Dear Supporters,

I wanted to send you a quick reminder that today is Election Day, and give you an update.

Kelly has been traveling across the state to greet voters as they reach the polls. Response has been great, but this promises to be a close election and every vote counts.

If you haven’t voted yet, please be sure to go to the polls and vote for Kelly. Also remind your friends and family to vote for Kelly.

If you have questions about polling hours, locations, or need a ride, please call our office at 603-232-1162.


Brooks Kochvar
Campaign Manager


PS- After you vote, join us for our victory party tonight at the Grappone Center in Concord, starting at 7pm.