Bolduc, Morse for the Senate; Mowers, Leavitt for home

In New Hampshire’s primary election on September 13, voters will choose candidates to represent the Democratic and Republican parties for state and federal office in the November 8 general election.

Incumbent Democratic Senator Maggie Hassan and Democratic Congressman Chris Pappas are running unopposed in the Democratic primary, and there is fierce competition among Republicans vying for the chance to run against them.

In the GOP race for the U.S. Senate, Don Bolduc of Stratham, a retired brigadier general, is leading the pack of contenders, according to the latest survey from the University of New Hampshire Survey Center. State Senate Speaker Chuck Morse of Salem has narrowed the gap in recent weeks, while fellow challengers Londonderry City Manager Kevin Smith and businessmen Vikram Mansharamani and Bruce Fenton continued to enjoy single-digit support. The Aug. 30 poll found that 20% of likely GOP voters in the primaries were still undecided. The winner of the September 13 primary will face Hassan in the general election.

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In Congressional District 1, former Trump administration official Matt Mowers, who lost to Pappas in 2020, is locked in a statistical stalemate with Karoline Leavitt, a 25-year-old former Trump communications official and originally from Atkinson, according to a survey by the UNH Survey Center. Former television investigative reporter Gail Huff Brown of Rye remains within striking distance of the two favorites while former state senator Russell Prescott of Kingston and state representative Tim Baxter of Seabrook have ​struggled to gain traction with voters. The survey revealed that 26% of voters were still undecided. The winner of this primary will face Pappas in the general election.

For governor, State Sen. Tom Sherman, MD is unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Republican Gov. Chris Sununu faces five opponents within his own party, but all remain in single digits, according to the latest UNH poll.

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In the Seacoast region, none of the State Executive Council or State Senate primaries are contested.

Some NH House seats in Rockingham and Strafford counties contested the primaries

Voters in some communities will see contested primaries for state representative.

In Rockingham County District 10, representing Newmarket and Newfields, five Democrats are vying for three seats. The candidates are incumbents Michael Cahill, Charlotte DiLorenzo and Ellen Read, and challengers Scott Blockstone and Jesus R. Duarte Apan. All candidates are from Newmarket. The winner of this primary will face Republican Jeanene Cooper, also from Newmarket, in the November 8 general election.

In Rockingham District 19, representing Hampton Falls and Kensington, Republicans Forrest Oster and Susan M. Porcelli of Hampton Falls and John Valvanis of Kensington are vying for an open seat. The winner of this primary will face Democrat Joe Pace of Kensington in November.

In Rockingham District 21, representing Portsmouth and Newington Ward 1, longtime Democratic incumbent State Representative Jackie Cali-Pitts is being challenged in the Democratic primary by Robin Vogt, also of Portsmouth. There is no Republican candidate in this race.

In Rockingham’s District 23, representing North Hampton, Republicans Kirsten Larsen Schultz and Rick Stanton are competing to represent their party against incumbent Democrat Jim Maggiore in November.

In Rockingham’s District 30, representing Seabrook, Republicans William Fowler, Tina L. Harley and Aboul B. Khan are vying for two open seats. The two winners will face Democrats Bob Albright and Camille Daly in November.

In Rockingham District 33, a floating district representing Exeter, Newfields, Newmarket and Stratham, Republicans Jessical Liskey of Stratham and Robert Sacco of Exeter are vying for the nominee to take on incumbent Democrat Alexis Simpson of Exeter in November.

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In Rockingham’s District 40, a floating district representing Hampton and Seabrook, there are contested races between Democrats and Republicans for the only open seat. Hampton’s Erica R. DeVries and Seabrook’s Mark F. Preston face off in the Democratic ballot while the Republican ballot includes incumbent Max Abramson, Jason A. Janvrin and James P. Johnson, all of Seabrook.

In Strafford District 10, representing Durham, five candidates are vying for four seats. Incumbents Timothy Horrigan, Cam Kenney and Marjorie Smith are joined on the court by Loren Selig and Payton McManus. Longtime incumbent Judith Spang opted not to run again.

In Strafford District 19, representing Rochester Wards 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6, there are contested races in both primaries with four candidates from each party seeking three open seats. The Democratic race includes Daniel Fitzpatrick, David Herman, Jerry Minihan and Seph Warren. The Republican race includes James Connor, Fenton Groen Isabella Koenigs and Kelly L. Potenza.

In Strafford District 21, representing Dover Wards 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6, four Democrats are vying for three seats. Luz Bay, Geoff Smith, Nathaniel Stewart and Susan Treleaven will face off on September 13, and the top three voters will challenge Republicans John V. Caggiano, Michael Castaldo and Mark Hastings in November.

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Can I vote in a party primary if I am not registered?

Yes. According to the New Hampshire Secretary of State, an undeclared voter can vote in a state primary or a presidential primary. You will need to choose a Republican or Democrat ballot when you go to vote.

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