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November 7, 2012

Seabrook joins state in electing Gov. Hassan

Voters cross party lines on busy election day

SEABROOK — None of New Hampshire’s candidates won an overwhelming endorsement from Seabrook voters yesterday.

But in an election with fiercely fought national and state races that had candidates sweating it out, voters turned out at an overwhelming rate, with about 78 percent — 4,380 voters in all — casting ballots.

In the neck-and-neck race for the White House, Republican Mitt Romney took 2,202 votes in Seabrook to President Barack Obama’s 2,026 votes.

And in the tight race for Granite State’s governor, Seabrook gave the nod to its former state senator — Exeter Democrat Maggie Hassan — who won with 2,108 votes, with her challenger, Manchester Republican Ovide Lamontagne, grabbing 1,792 votes.

By 9 p.m., Seabrook’s choice matched the statewide results, as the Associated Press declared Hassan the winner.

Republican Seabrook Selectman Aboul Khan, who ran unopposed for a state House seat, said he wasn’t surprised by Hassan’s win in Seabrook, even though more Republicans than Democrats are registered to vote in town.

“Maggie was very good to Seabrook when she was our senator,” Khan said. “Our Route 107 bridge is being widened right now and a lot of people know that wouldn’t be happening if not for the work Maggie did on Seabrook’s behalf.”

In the 1st U.S. Congressional District, challenger Carol Shea-Porter, a Rochester Democrat who previously held the seat, took Seabrook with a tally of 1,807 votes to incumbent Manchester Republican Frank Guinta’s 1,753 votes. Seabrook Selectman Brendan Kelly, a Libertarian candidate in the race, earned 412 votes.

In the race to be Seabrook’s next state senator in the newly drawn Senate District 24, incumbent Republican Sen. Nancy Stiles won in town with 2,006 votes to former state senator Beverly Hollingworth’s 1,811. Both women are from Hampton, the largest town in a sprawling district that spans from New Castle to Seabrook and Stratham to Newton. Final numbers on the race were not available at press time.

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