Back in 2006, a blue wave swept over New Hampshire, with Democrats winning both congressional seats, the governor's office, and majorities in the New Hampshire House, Senate and the Executive Council.
In 2010, however, a Republican tide crashed into the Granite State, with Frank Guinta and Charles Bass getting elected to Congress, Kelly Ayotte getting elected to the U.S. Senate, and Republicans taking control of the New Hampshire House, Senate and Executive Council.
Could New Hampshire be about to experience another Blue Wave in the 2012 election? If a series of new polls from the University of New Hampshire's Survey Center are to be believed (and former Gov. John Sununu insists they aren't), then it looks like a distinct possibility.
Polls released last week showed President Barack Obama with a 15 percent lead over Mitt Romney, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Maggie Hassan with a lead over Republican Ovide Lamontagne, Democrat Carol Shea-Porter with a lead over Republican Frank Guinta in the 1st Congressional District, and Democrat Annie Kuster with a slim lead over Republican Charles Bass in the 2nd Congressional District.
A separate poll released Thursday by the UNH Survey Center predicts that the Democrats will take back the New Hampshire House, 204-196 and Senate, 14-10.
Boehner in NH this week
The endless parade of campaign surrogates through New Hampshire continues this week.
Last week, Tagg Romney and Beau Biden campaigned here, following a week in which Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Kathleen Sebelius visited the Granite State.
On Monday, U.S. House Speaker John Boehner is scheduled to attend a "Victory Event" for the Romney/Ryan campaign at 1:30 p.m. at the Derry Victory Office, located at 15 West Broadway.
Gov. Lynch endorses Pappas for Executive Council
Gov. John Lynch last week endorsed Democrat Chris Pappas for the District 4 Executive Council seat.
“I am proud to support Chris Pappas for Executive Council,” said Lynch in a prepared statement. “Chris’s experience as a small business owner and community leader has prepared him well for the challenges that lie ahead. Chris will fight for fiscally responsible state government that meets the needs of our communities and working families. Above all, Chris knows that we must put political ideology aside in order to grow our economy and move New Hampshire forward."
District 4 includes Bedford, Londonderry and 17 other communities.
Lamontagne picks up NFIB endorsement
Lamontagne announced last week that he has received the endorsement of the National Federation of Independent Business, the country’s leading advocate for small business owners, representing over 1,700 companies in New Hampshire.
“New Hampshire’s competitive strength has always been its commitment to free enterprise,” said Garry Dolan, NH SAFE Trust PAC Chair for the NFIB. “Ovide Lamontagne understands the primary importance of small business in our economy and he’s determined to control taxes, state spending and regulatory interference. New Hampshire small business has a friend in Ovide Lamontagne.”
Kuster launches "Standing Up for Seniors" tour
Congressional candidate Annie Kuster will meet with seniors to discuss her commitment to protecting Medicare and Social Security during a district-wide “Standing Up For Seniors” tour beginning Monday.
Throughout the week, Kuster will meet with seniors in Nashua, Salem, Concord, and Peterborough.
“Standing up for seniors means standing against those in both parties who would cut the Social Security and Medicare benefits our seniors have earned through lifetimes of hard work,” said Kuster. “At a time when some in Washington, including my opponent Congressman Bass, have supported efforts to end Medicare as we know it, we need leaders who are committed to protecting the benefits our seniors have earned. I’m looking forward to meeting with seniors across the district to hear their stories, listen to their concerns, and talk about my plan to protect and strengthen the vital programs they count on.”
Speaker O'Brien announces county chairmen
House Speaker Bill O’Brien last week announced that 24 current state representatives have been appointed county co-chairmen for the Committee to Re-elect Bill O’Brien Speaker. They join the committee’s previously announced state co-chairmen, Reps. Gene Chandler, Marilinda Garcia, Lynn Ober, Steve Stepanek and Dan Tamburello, in offering leadership and advice for the Committee.
The list of county co-chairmen includes a mix of first-term and veteran legislators like House Majority Leader Pete Silva of Nashua, Reps. Mary Griffin of Windham, Ken Weyler of Kingston, Al Baldasaro of Londonderry, Will Smith of New Castle, and Gary Daniels of Milford.
“Every member shares tremendous leadership qualities and has proven to be an effective legislator," O'Brien said. "I look forward to working with each of them over the next six weeks and as we organize the next Republican House majority... We will build on the progress made this term and deliver an accountable government for the hardworking taxpayers of New Hampshire.”