Pro-Marriage Gubernatorial Contendor Ovide Lamontagne Wins New Hampshire GOP Primary


Our congratulations to the new pro-marriage GOP contender for the New Hampshire governor's race:

Former Senate candidate Ovide Lamontagne (R) will face former state senator Maggie Hassen (D) in the open New Hampshire governor’s race after both sailed to primary wins Tuesday.

Lamontagne, an attorney who lost a 2010 Senate primary to now-Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) and was also the state GOP’s gubernatorial nominee in 1996, easily dispatched former state representative Kevin Smith, taking 69 percent of the vote with 53 percent of precincts reporting.

... The general election between Lamontagne and Hassan is expected to be tight, with polling in the swing state showing the race within the margin of error. The Fix recently ranked New Hampshire as the second most likely state to flip control this year (out of 13 states holding contests). -- WaPo