United States House of Representatives elections in New Hampshire, 2010

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The 2010 congressional elections in New Hampshire were held on November 2, 2010 to determine who will represent the state of New Hampshire in the United States House of Representatives. It coincided with the state's senatorial and gubernatorial elections. Representatives are elected for two-year terms; those elected served in the 112th Congress from January 2011 until January 2013.

New Hampshire has two seats in the House, apportioned according to the 2000 United States Census. Both seats were held by Democrats in the 111th Congress.

Overview[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections in New Hampshire, 2010[1]
Party Votes Percentage Seats +/–
Republican 230,265 51.19% 2 +2
Democratic 200,563 44.59% 0 -2
Libertarian 12,762 2.84% 0
Independents 6,197 1.38% 0
Totals 449,787 100.00% 2

District 1[edit]

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Democratic incumbent Carol Shea-Porter was defeated by Republican nominee and former Manchester Mayor Frank Guinta on November 2, 2010.

This district covers the southeastern and eastern portions of New Hampshire, consisting of three general areas: Greater Manchester, the Seacoast and the Lakes Region. It includes all of Carroll and Strafford counties, all but three towns of Rockingham County and all but two towns of Belknap County, as well as a small portion of Hillsborough County, and one town in Merrimack County.

Polling[edit]

Poll Source Dates Administered Carol Shea-Porter (D) Frank Guinta (R) Undecided
Granite State Poll October 27-31, 2010 39% 46% 12%
OnMessage Inc. October 20-21, 2010 37% 53% -
The Hill October 9–12, 2010 42% 47% 9%
Granite State Poll October 7–12, 2010 36% 48% 11%
Granite State Poll September 30, 2010 39% 49% 9%
American Research Group September 27, 2010 40% 50% 8%
Granite State Poll July 19–27, 2010 44% 39% 16%
Granite State Poll April 18–28, 2010 38% 42% 19%
Public Policy Polling April 17–18, 2010 45% 46% 10%
Granite State Poll February 3, 2010 33% 43% 22%
Populus Research September 2, 2009 46% 43% 10%
On Message Inc. April 28, 2009 43% 34% 24%

Results[edit]

New Hampshire's 1st congressional district election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Frank Guinta 121,655 54.04%
Democratic Carol Shea-Porter (inc.) 95,503 42.42%
Libertarian Philip Hodson 7,966 3.54%
Totals 225,124 100.00%
Republican gain from Democratic

District 2[edit]

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Democratic candidate Ann McLane Kuster was defeated by Republican nominee and former Congressman Charles Bass on November 2, 2010.

This was an open seat. Candidates running were Democratic nominee Ann McLane Kuster, Republican nominee Charles Bass, Libertarian nominee Howard Wilson, and Independent candidate Tim vanBlommesteyn.

In February 2009, Republican U.S. Senator Judd Gregg was briefly nominated to be President Barack Obama's Secretary of Commerce, but withdrew. Gregg announced after withdrawing his nomination that he would not run for re-election, leaving the seat open. Democratic incumbent Paul Hodes had announced his candidacy for the seat while Gregg had been nominated but had not yet withdrawn.[2][3][4]

Concord attorney Ann McLane Kuster and Katrina Swett, faced off in the Democratic primary. (Two other candidates dropped out before the filing deadline in June 2010: State Representative John DeJoie and former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Fernald.) [5] Kuster was the eventual victor, 69-31.[6]

On the Republican side, former state Representative Bob Giuda[7] declared his candidacy for the seat.[8] The 2008 Republican nominee for this seat, Jennifer Horn, announced her intentions to run a second time on October 7, 2009.[9] Former six-term Congressman Charles Bass formed an exploratory committee to run for this seat on October 1, 2009 and later formally filed.[10] In the resultant Republican primary, Charlie Bass narrowly defeated Jennifer Horn, with Giuda far behind.

This district consists of the western and northern portions of the state, including all of Cheshire, Coos, Grafton, and Sullivan counties as well as almost all of Merrimack and Hillsborough counties plus three towns in Rockingham County and two towns in Belknap County.

Polling[edit]

Poll Source Dates Administered Ann McLane Kuster (D) Charlie Bass (R) Undecided
Granite State Poll October 27-31, 2010 43% 40% 11%
Granite State Poll October 7–12, 2010 43% 36% 16%
The Hill/ANGA October 5-7, 2010 42% 45% 9%
Granite State Poll September 23–29, 2010 38% 43% 16%
American Research Group September 22–26, 2010 36% 38% 21%
Granite State Poll July 19–27, 2010 29% 47% 23%
Granite State Poll April 18–28, 2010 30% 42% 27%
Granite State Poll February 3, 2010 28% 39% 32%

Results[edit]

New Hampshire's 2nd congressional district election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Charles Bass 108,610 48.34%
Democratic Ann McLane Kuster 105,060 46.76%
Independent Tim vanBlommesteyn 6,197 2.76%
Libertarian Howard L. Wilson 4,796 2.13%
Totals 224,663 100.00%
Republican gain from Democratic

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/2010election.pdf
  2. ^ "In 2010, Rep. Hodes will run for U.S. Senate; Katrina Swett wants his office - Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2009". Unionleader.com. 2009-02-03. Retrieved 2010-08-21. 
  3. ^ "BREAKING: Gregg withdraws". CNN. Retrieved May 26, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Judd Gregg withdraws as nominee for Commerce secretary, says he won't run in 2010 - Friday, Feb. 13, 2009". Unionleader.com. Retrieved 2010-08-21. 
  5. ^ Shira Schoenberg. "DeJoie enters campaign mode". Concord Monitor. 
  6. ^ Marc Fortier. "Kuster runs over Swett in 2nd Congressional District". Eagle-Tribune. 
  7. ^ "Bob Giuda for Congress | New Hampshire's Second Congressional District". Bobgiuda.com. Retrieved 2010-08-21. 
  8. ^ "John DiStaso's Granite Status: Ayotte beats Hodes in third Q fundraising - Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009". Unionleader.com. 2009-10-22. Retrieved 2010-08-21. 
  9. ^ "Jennifer Horn for Congress". Jenniferhorn.org. 2010-08-17. Retrieved 2010-08-21. 
  10. ^ Republicans United. says: (2009-10-01). "Former Rep. Bass Taking Steps Towards Run « Real Republican Majority Blog". Realrepublicanmajority.wordpress.com. Retrieved 2010-08-21. 

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