SEABROOK — New Hampshire Secretary of State estimated that 464,000 of the state's 864,817 registered voters would go to the polls today, predicting a large turnout of nearly 54 percent, and if Seabrook's any example, he's right.
By 7 p.m. 2,895 of Seabrook's approximately 5,800 voters turned out to vote, coming in at just about 50 percent, and they gave Republican candidates wins in all 13 races on the ballot.
Hampton Falls also chose Republicans for the three Statehouse seats they share with Seabrook in Rockingham House District 20. That means Dennis Sweeney, Francis Chase and Max Abramson will head to Concord in January.
With Hampton's votes still needed to make the decision in Rockingham House District 37, Hampton Falls and Seabrook residents cast 2,270 votes for Hampton Falls Republican Andrew Christie, Jr. and 1,270 for E. Elaine Andrews-Ahearn, also of Hampton Falls.
Incumbent Republican state Sen. Nancy Stiles beat her Democratic competitor Chris Muns handily in both Seabrook and Hampton Falls. It's a large district, stretching from South Hampton to Plaistow to Stratham and Hampton. Both candidates are from Hampton, and it's a large district so things can still change.
By 9 p.m., WMUR had called the governor's race for incumbent Exeter Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan over Alton Republican businessman Walt Havenstein, even though Seabrook voters gave Havenstein the nod.
Seabrook's voters push for former Massachusetts U.S. Republican Senator Scott Brown didn't hold up. In a race followed nationally, by 9 p.m. ABC news projected incumbent U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-Madbury had won re-election in what was a nasty showdown with Brown by an 11-point margin of 55 to 45 percent.
The tightest race in the state, that of the First Congressional District was still too close to call with 27 percent of the vote in. At 9:15 p.m. Republican challenger Frank Guinta led the incumbent Democrat U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, by two percentage points, even though Seabrook went heavily for Guinta.
According to Seabrook police officer Chet Felch, Seabrook polls were busy all day.Town Moderator Paul Kelley said 105 voters were in line when the polls opened and voters streamed in steadily thereafter.