United States House of Representatives elections in New Hampshire, 2012

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The 2012 United States House of Representatives elections in New Hampshire were held on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 to elect the two U.S. Representatives from the state of New Hampshire. The elections coincided with the elections of other federal and state offices, including a quadrennial presidential election.

Overview[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections in New Hampshire, 2012[1][2]
Party Votes Percentage Seats +/–
Democratic 340,925 49.96% 2 +2
Republican 311,636 45.66% 0 -2
Libertarian 29,457 4.32% 0
Scattering 398 0.06% 0
Totals 682,416 100.00% 2

District 1[edit]

The redrawn 1st district currently represents all municipalities in Belknap (except for the town of Center Harbor); the entirety of Carroll, and Strafford counties; all of Rockingham County; the municipalities of Bedford, Goffstown, Manchester, and Merrimack in Hillsborough County; the town of Campton in Grafton County; and, the town of Hooksett in Merrimack County.[3]

Republican Frank Guinta, who has represented the 1st district since January 2011, is running for re-election.[4] Vern Clough, a retired barber, and Rick Parent, who ran in the Republican primary for the seat in 2010, unsuccessfully challenged Guinta in the Republican primary.[5]

Former U.S. Representative Carol Shea-Porter, who represented the 1st district from 2007 until 2011 and lost her seat to Guinta in the 2010 election, sought and received the Democratic nomination.[6]

Joanne Dowdell, a businesswoman and Democratic National Committeewoman, had planned to run[7] but dropped out of the race in April 2012.[8] Matthew Hancock, a software developer, had also planned to run[9] but dropped out of the race in June 2012.[10] Andrew Hosmer, a businessman, had also planned to run[11] but dropped out of the race in March 2012.[12]

Brendan Kelly, the chairman of the Seabrook Board of Selectmen, is running as a Libertarian.[13]

Primary results
Republican primary results[14]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Frank Guinta (incumbent) 46,979 84.3%
Republican Rick Parent 6,923 12.4%
Republican Vern Clough 1,639 2.9%
Totals 55,671 100%
Polling
Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Frank
Guinta (R)
Carol
Shea-Porter (D)
Other Undecided
WMUR/University of New Hampshire November 1–4, 2012 366 ± 5.1% 46% 49% 5%
New England College October 29–31, 2012 511 ± 4.3% 48% 41% 2% 9%
University of New Hampshire October 17–21, 2012 364 ± 5.1% 41% 38% 4% 17%
WMUR/University of New Hampshire September 30 - October 6, 2012 200 ± 6.9% 45% 35% 3% 17%
WMUR/University of New Hampshire September 27–30, 2012 273 ± 5.9% 35% 46% 18%
Public Policy Polling September 24–25, 2012 401 ± 4.9% 47% 48% 4%
WMUR/University of New Hampshire August 1–12, 2012 258 ± 6.1% 43% 45% 12%
Public Policy Polling May 10–13, 2012 502 ± 4.4% 43% 47% 10%
WMUR/University of New Hampshire April 9–20, 2012 230 ± 6.5% 39% 44% 1% 16%
Pulse Opinion Research LLC January 2012 500 ± 4.5% 41% 41% 7% 10%
Public Policy Polling June 30-July 5, 2011 299 ± 5.7% 48% 41% 10%

General Election Results[edit]

Election results, New Hampshire's 1st district, November 6, 2012[15][16]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Carol Shea-Porter 171,650 49.75%
Republican Frank Guinta (incumbent) 158,659 45.99%
Libertarian Brendan Kelly 14,521 4.21%
No Party Scattering 192 0.06%
Totals 345,022 100%
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District 2[edit]

The redrawn 2nd district will represent all of Cheshire, Coos, Grafton (except for the town of Campton), Merrimack (except for the town of Hooksett), and Sullivan counties; most of Hillsborough County; the towns of Atkinson, Deerfield, Northwood, Salem, and Windham in Rockingham County; and, the town of Center Harbor in Belknap County.[3]

Republican Charles Bass, who has represented the 2nd district since January 2011 (and previously represented the district from 1995 to 2007), is running for re-election. Gerald Beloin; Will Dean; Miroslaw Dziedzic; and, Dennis Lamare, an insurance agent who ran in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate in 2010, unsuccessfully challenged Bass in the Republican primary.[5][17]

Ann McLane Kuster, an attorney who unsuccessfully challenged Bass as the Democratic nominee in an open seat race in 2010, is running again.[18]

Hardy Macia, owner of an iPhone/Android app development company, is running as a Libertarian.[19]

Primary results
Republican primary results[14]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Charles Bass (incumbent) 39,605 81.4%
Republican Dennis Lamare 4,263 8.8%
Republican Will Dean 2,129 4.4%
Republican Miroslaw Dziedzic 1,310 2.7%
Republican Gerard Beloin 1,127 2.3%
Totals 48,627 100%
Polling
Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Charlie
Bass (R)
Ann M.
Kuster (D)
Other Undecided
WMUR/University of New Hampshire November 1–4, 2012 423 ± 4.8% 43% 53% 4%
New England College October 29–31, 2012 511 ± 4.33% 41% 47% 1% 11%
University of New Hampshire October 17–21, 2012 408 ± 4.9% 36% 39% 3% 22%
WMUR/University of New Hampshire September 30-October 6, 2012 211 ± 6.7% 35% 38% 3% 25%
WMUR/University of New Hampshire September 27–30, 2012 325 ± 5.4% 34% 36% 2% 28%
Public Policy Polling September 24–25, 2012 461 ± 4.6% 45% 51% 4%
WMUR/University of New Hampshire August 1–12, 2012 284 ± 5.8% 42% 37% 21%
Public Policy Polling May 10–13, 2012 642 ± 3.9% 42% 42% 15%
WMUR/University of New Hampshire April 9–20, 2012 251 ± 6.2% 39% 40% 1% 20%
Pulse Opinion Research LLC January 2012 500 ± 4.5% 39% 35% 14% 13%
Public Policy Polling June 30-July 5, 2011 363 ± 5.1% 43% 42% 15%

General Election Results[edit]

Election results, New Hampshire's 2nd district, November 6, 2012[16][20]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ann McLane Kuster 169,275 50.17%
Republican Charles Bass (incumbent) 152,977 45.34%
Libertarian Hardy Macia 14,936 4.43%
{{{party}}} Scattering 206 0.06%
Totals 337,394 100%
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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Representative in Congress 2012". Elections Division, Secretary of State for New Hampshire. November 6, 2012. Retrieved April 7, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Statistics of the Presidential and Congressional Election of November 6, 2012". February 28, 2013. Retrieved April 7, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "SB 202-As Amended by the Senate". New Hampshire General Court. March 28, 2012. Retrieved April 28, 2012. 
  4. ^ Cook, Robert (February 21, 2012). "Guinta to Make Several Stops in City This Week". Portsmouth, NH Patch. Retrieved April 28, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "In NH, a big election year by the numbers, too". Nashua Telegraph. June 20, 2012. Retrieved August 10, 2012. 
  6. ^ Khan, Huma (April 18, 2011). "2010 Democratic Losers Plot 2012 Comeback -- Can Dems Regain the House?". ABC News. Retrieved June 12, 2011. 
  7. ^ Langley, Karen (April 29, 2011). "Shea-Porter issued primary challenge". Concord Monitor. Retrieved June 12, 2011. 
  8. ^ Dandurant, Karen (April 14, 2012). "Dowdell withdraws her bid for congressional seat". The Portsmouth Herald. Retrieved April 17, 2012. 
  9. ^ Fortier, Marc (June 17, 2012). "GOP Candidates Hop on Romney's Bus". Windham, NH Patch. Retrieved August 10, 2012. 
  10. ^ Cook, Robert (March 29, 2012). "Hancock: Fixing Economy is Job One". Portsmouth Patch. Retrieved April 17, 2012. 
  11. ^ Miller, Joshua (August 8, 2011). "Third Democrat Enters Race to Unseat Guinta in New Hampshire". Roll Call. Retrieved August 8, 2011. 
  12. ^ Haddadin, Jim (March 21, 2012). "U. S. Congressional candidate Hosmer now vying for state Senate seat". Foster's Daily Democrat. Retrieved April 17, 2012. 
  13. ^ Chiaramida, Angeljean (March 5, 2012). "Seabrook selectman to run for Congress". The Daily News of Newburyport. Retrieved April 28, 2012. 
  14. ^ a b "2012 Representative In Congress - Republican Primary". New Hampshire Secretary of State. Retrieved September 24, 2012. 
  15. ^ "State of New Hampshire General Election Congressional District 1 2012". New Hampshire Secretary of State Elections Division. November 6, 2013. Retrieved April 7, 2013. 
  16. ^ a b Scatterings votes are listed as they were reported to the Clerk of the United States House of Representatives
  17. ^ Pindell, James (April 4, 2012). "GOP-er files for Congress, But Not His Own District". WMUR Political Scoop. Retrieved April 28, 2012. 
  18. ^ Catanese, David; Isenstadt, Alex (March 31, 2011). "Dems eye GOP rematches for 2012". Politico. Retrieved June 12, 2011. 
  19. ^ Schinella, Tony (September 17, 2012). "VIDEO: Who is Hardy Macia?". Concord, NH Patch. Retrieved September 23, 2012. 
  20. ^ "State of New Hampshire General Election Congressional District 1 2012". New Hampshire Secretary of State Elections Division. November 6, 2013. Retrieved April 7, 2013. 

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