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Election Connection

November 7, 2012

Seabrook joins state in electing Gov. Hassan

Voters cross party lines on busy election day

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In the race for executive councilor, Seabrook gave incumbent Republican Christopher Sununu 2,042 votes to his Democratic challenger Bill Duncan’s 1,456 votes.

Three Seabrook Republicans ran unopposed for the three seats in the state House of Representative’s new District 20. Khan by far was the biggest vote-getter of the night, receiving 2,644 votes. Incumbents Amy Perkins and Koko Perkins earned 1,958 and 1,728 votes respectively.

Khan, who will keep his seat on the Board of Selectmen, thanked the voters who cast ballots for him.

“The support, enthusiasm and excitement I received today from the voters will motivate me to work tirelessly in the New Hampshire House of Representatives,” Khan said. “I hope to fulfill voters’ expectation and be a strong vote for Seabrook.”

In Rockingham District 37, which Seabrook shares with Hampton Falls and Hampton, Democrat Elaine Ahearn had a slim lead with 1,775 votes to Republican Sharleene Page Hurst’s 1,767 votes, with other towns not reporting by press time.

Another popular Seacoast resident won voter loyalty in town. Former Seabrook District Court Clerk John Clark took 2,117 votes to Michael Downing’s 1,571.

Political pundit Jeff Brown said the results in town indicated voters crossed party lines at the polls yesterday.

“Seabrook voters definitely voted for the person and not straight party tickets,” Brown said.

Seabrook’s list of registered voters had 5,128 on it when the day started, according to Town Clerk Bonnie Fowler, but that quickly changed.

“I’d say we had about 500 people register to vote today at the polls,” Supervisor of the Voter Checklist Gary Fowler said.

Of those who registered, some were re-registering to vote after being dropped from the list last year because they had been inactive voters, he said.

Others like 19-year-old Charles Henry Felch IV were voting in their first presidential election.

“I’m voting today because I think the country needs a change,” Felch said. “I think Mr. Romney needs to get in.”

Town Moderator Paul Kelley said he’d never seen such an enormous turnout. Long lines started the day and a constant stream continued for the rest of it, he said.

“There was never a lull in voting, like we usually get around 10 in the morning and 2 in the afternoon,” Kelley said. “I’ve never seen anything like this. The turnout was remarkable.”

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