NH Race Still Too Close to Call

Ayotte, Lamontagne may be headed for recount in GOP Senate race
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 15, 2010 6:01 AM CDT
NH Race Still Too Close to Call
Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Kelly Ayotte talks to supporters with her husband Joe Daley at her side in Concord, N.H., last night.   (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

(Newser) – The final round of primaries before the midterms delivered some big wins for the Tea Party and there's still a prize to claim in New Hampshire. The state's seven-way Republican US Senate primary is down to two candidates and it's still too close to call between attorney Ovide Lamontagne and former state Attorney General Kelly Ayotte, the Boston Globe reports.

The New Hampshire race is another one seen as Tea Party versus establishment, though this one's not as clear cut, notes Chris Cillizza in the Washington Post. Lamontagne billed himself as ultra-conservative and played up his connection to Tea Party groups in the final weeks of the rice, but Sarah Palin and other top conservatives backed Ayotte, who currently holds a lead narrow enough for Lamontagne to legally call for a recount.
(Read more Paul Hodes stories.)

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