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Kuster declares victory, GOP race still undecided

15 Sep

CONCORD, NH — Democrat Ann McLane Kuster easily coasted to victory this evening in her primary match against Katrina Swett. On Tuesday night, with 35 percent of precincts reporting, Kuster had won 68 percent to Swett’s 31 percent.

Democrat Ann McLane Kuster accepts the nomination with her family around her at the victory party in Concord Tuesday night.

Although the numbers will continue to trickle in, Kuster was euphorious Tuesday night when she greeted supporters in Concord, speaking of her desire for unity and bipartisanship in her November race.

“Voters will have a crystal clear choice in November.”

Kuster congratulated opponent Swett on well-fought race, and expressed her excitement to beat the Republicans in November.

“She is a strong, intelligent, and fearless voice for our state. And I promise you Katrina, I will continue that.”

Kuster will face a Republican opponent in the general election, but at 12:30 a.m. on Wednesday, the GOP race was too close to call.

Frontrunner Charlie Bass was locked in the race with opponent Jennifer Horn, with neither side declaring victory or defeat. Bass seemed confident that he would pull off the win, but votes will continue to be tallied into the night.

Check back later on Wednesday for updates on the GOP race, photos from Tuesday, and analysis of the crazy primary night.


Dems to debate tonight

10 Sep

Democrats Ann McLane Kuster and Katrina Swett will debate tonight at 7 p.m. in advance of Tuesday’s primary.

The two faced off this week in a debate that turned heated and drew criticism from the media (Read the Primary Wire recap here.) WMUR’s James Pindell noted that “neither Democratic candidate came out smelling like roses,” and a clip of the two debating the divisive issue of lobbying is worth a watch.

Tonight’s matchup provides an opportunity for the candidates to either begin repairing the negative image they have perpetuated, or to further solidify the perception that theirs is an ugly race — and one that will help whichever Republican is elected in November.

Either way, it will be a good measure of the Democratic contest before going into the final weekend of the primary campaign.

The debate will  be held at 7 p.m. at the Henniker campus of New England College, hosted by the school’s Center for Civic Engagement in conjunction with other media outlets. The Republican candidates will debate on Saturday at noon.

It will be broadcasted by WGIR, and a post-debate analysis will posted on Primary Wire this evening.

Kuster raises over $222,000, others haven’t released

3 Sep

Democrat Ann McLane Kuster released her fundraising totals for the final period before the September 14 primary, noting that she earned more than $222,000. With less than two weeks until the ballots are cast, the candidate reports will serve as a serious indicator of where they stand in the race.

Kuster’s total is less than she raised last quarter, although the period of time is much shorter — two months as opposed to the standard three for past fundraising quarters. The report brings Kuster’s tally to more than $1,379,000 for her campaign overall, with nearly $450,000 on hand.

Democratic opponent Katrina Swett hasn’t released her numbers yet, nor have any of the Republican candidates. However, the tallies should roll in fairly quickly, depending on the strength of the numbers.

For past fundraising totals, check out this Red Hampshire post here. Below is the press release from Kuster’s campaign:



Grassroots Campaign Receives Average Contribution of $45.09

CONCORD, NH –  With less than 12 days to go before her September 14 Primary, Democratic congressional candidate Ann McLane Kuster has demonstrated widespread grassroots momentum, outraising all of her Democratic and Republican opponents combined in the final fundraising report due to the FEC before the September 14th primary.

From July 1 through August 25th, Kuster raised over $222,000, bringing her total to over $1,379,000 for her campaign overall, with nearly $450,000 cash-on-hand.

Her average donation this past quarter was roughly $45.09, and Kuster has received more money in donations from New Hampshire citizens than anyone running for U.S. House of Representatives has ever reported before (at least since the FEC began compiling electronic reports ten years ago).

“Thousands of New Hampshire voters are supporting Annie’s campaign even in these tough economic times, because they know she will bring a new approach to Washington that focuses on what’s best for people, not politics as usual” said Communications Director Neil Sroka.

Born and raised in Concord, Ann McLane Kuster has a long history as a community activist, author, public policy advocate, and attorney with deep roots in the Granite State.  She worked with New Hampshire colleges to help create the UNIQUE 529 College Savings Program to help families save for their children to attend college, and worked with a coalition of health care providers to help create the Medication Bridge Program that distributes free medication to New Hampshire families and seniors who cannot afford the high cost of prescription drugs.  She has served as a board member or advisor to the NH Charitable Foundation, the Trust for Public Lands, Child and Family Services of New Hampshire, the United Way, and many other community groups.

Kuster and Swett release ads focused on economics

18 Aug

Democratic candidates Ann McLane Kuster and Katrina Swett both recently released new television ads, ramping up the primary race in NH’s second district.

Both ads focus on the economy and creating jobs, with Swett making some silly puns with her last name. Not sure why she mentioned lobbyists after last week, but overall, the ads seem pretty similar.

Kuster takes the offensive on wars in Iraq, Afghanistan

17 Aug

As if the Democratic race in NH’s 2nd district weren’t already contentious enough, Ann McLane Kuster held a press conference this morning, slamming her opponent Katrina Swett on her position on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Aligning her opponent with former President Bush, Kuster said the U.S. policy in Iraq may have decreased the country’s ability to fight terrorism in Afghanistan. Read the full press release here.

While the two Democrats have fairly similar stances on most issues of domestic policy, international affairs is an area in which they differ.

Karen Langley of the Concord Monitor wrote a good story looking at their differences, but essentially, Swett supported authorizing President Bush to use force in Iraq and President Obama to sent a troop surge to Afghanistan, while Kuster supported neither.

The difference is one that has not received much attention from the media — which has largely focused on the lobbying accusations flying on the left side of the race. It is an important policy distinction between the two candidates, and deserves scrutiny and examination.

However, whether Kuster should be slamming Swett on the issue less than a week after the lobbying shenanigans is more unclear.

Kuster certainly needs as much press coverage as she can get right now (a July poll showed that 88 percent of voters had never heard of her). But it adds to the existing perception that the Democratic race has become bitter and ugly.

NH Democratic Chairman Ray Buckley has already warned Kuster and Swett that their fighting will only serve to boost moderate Republican Charlie Bass. The frontrunner seems to have dodged any direct attacks or scandals in this race so far, and is doing well in the polls.

Will any voters pick a Democrat after this battle is over? With a month until the primary and things just heating up, it’s looking less and less likely.