NH Gov race called one to watch
Politico reporter David Catanese lists the 2012 New Hampshire Governors race as one to watch. Popular Democratic Gov. John Lynch is stepping down, leaving the Corner Office open for the first time in a decade.
Republican attorney Ovide Lamontagne and Litchfield activist Kevin Smith are competing for the Republican nomination. Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas and Seacoast businessman Bill Binnie are also considering entering the race.
Catanese says Smith “won January.”
On the Democrat side, former State Senator Maggie Hassan and former State Senator Jackie Cilley are chasing the nomination.
“Public Policy Polling’s January survey didn’t earn much ink thanks to another little primary election in the Granite State, but it reveals that Republican primary voters appear more willing to shop around for a gubernatorial candidate than previously thought.,” writes Catanese. “While Ovide Lamontagne remains the better-known front-runner, conservative activist Kevin Smith has to be heartened that 40 percent remain undecided in a hypothetical three-way race that includes Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas. Even in a head-to-head between Smith and Lamontagne, a plurality is undecided. Maggie Hassan, who bulked up her campaign staff this month, remains the lone Democrat in the contest.”