Ayotte Wins New Hampshire

Lamontagne has until 5pm to seek recount
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 15, 2010 12:53 PM CDT
Ayotte Wins New Hampshire
Republican US Senate hopeful Kelly Ayotte talks to supporters with her husband Joe Daley at her side in Concord, NH, Tuesday, Sept. 14,2010.   (Jim Cole)

New Hampshire has certified former state Attorney General Kelly Ayotte as the winner of the Republican primary for US Senate. Ayotte was endorsed by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and won a narrow victory over Ovide Lamontagne. His conservative credentials and courting of the Tea Party pulled him close in the final days of the campaign.

Lamontagne has until 5pm to decide whether he'll seek a recount because the margin of victory fell within 1.5% of the total votes cast. The secretary of state's office says Ayotte's official margin of victory was 1,667 votes. Ayotte is set to face US Rep. Paul Hodes, who was unopposed in the Democratic primary. (Read more Kelly Ayotte stories.)

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