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In announcing his decision, LeMieur said his it was a difficult one, but cited family interests in motivating his choice to leave office.
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The message from Republican legislative challengers on last summer's campaign trail was clear: Farmers are suffering from state lawmakers' recent changes to the Green Acres farmland preservation program.
Many Republican frosh have records of local civic service HD 15B: King Banaian King Banaian was surrounded by politics growing up in New Hampshire. The state is inundated with presidential hopefuls every four years, and Banaian was recruited at 15 to put flyers on doors for the George McGovern campaign.
In some political attacks during this year's legislative campaign, the attacking party has been the one that's gotten bloodied.
Fundraising numbers are by no means the end all-be all indicator of a candidate's electoral success, but some recently released campaign finance reports reveal startling numbers that could point to several GOP takeovers in the state House.
By the standard political barometers, Paul Gazelka should be a runaway favorite to win the Senate District 12 seat. The former state House member took the GOP primary by 14 percentage points in a district that's seemingly firm Republican turf.
A negative mailing arrived in Republican state Senate candidate Dan Hall's district last weekend that caught him by surprise.
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