September 14th, 2010
01:49 AM ET
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Delaware not the only Tea Party vs. GOP battle Tuesday

Kelly Ayotte faces Tea Party favorite Ovide Lamontagne in the New Hampshire GOP Senate primary Tuesday.
Kelly Ayotte faces Tea Party favorite Ovide Lamontagne in the New Hampshire GOP Senate primary Tuesday.

(CNN) - It may not be grabbing the national spotlight like the Republican Senate primary in Delaware, but the GOP Senate primary in New Hampshire shares a similar storyline: A hard-charging conservative candidate threatening to upset the candidate favored by establishment Republicans.

Kelly Ayotte, the state's former attorney general, stepped down to run for the Senate nomination after being encouraged to run for the open seat by national Republicans. For months, polls suggested that Ayotte was the frontrunner in the seven-candidate contest, which also includes businessmen Bill Binnie and Jim Bender. But recent surveys in the Granite State indicate that Ovide Lamontagne, a Manchester attorney and the 1996 Republican nominee for governor, has narrowed the gap with Ayotte.

Local Tea Party groups, the conservative New Hampshire Union Leader newspaper and influential conservative Sen. Jim DeMint have all backed Lamontagne. The Union Leader, the state's largest paper, has also been critical of Ayotte.

But the biggest difference with the Delaware race is that Sarah Palin is endorsing the more conservative Christine O'Donnell there. In New Hampshire, the former Alaska governor is backing Ayotte.

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Filed under: 2010 • Bill Binnie • Kelly Ayotte • New Hampshire • Sarah Palin
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  1. J.V.Hodgson

    I hope O'Donnel wins in Delaware.
    If she does it is the end nationally of the idea that Republicans can take back the House and Senate in November.
    Tea partiers and Republicans come up short in real ideas but magical emotionally,
    1) Cut taxes for all. That will increase the deficit in a recession for several years.
    2) The deficits too big ( they choose to ignore 60 % was created by them)
    3) They have no ideas on health care alternates because its repeal what Dems did and this has no impact on future deficits, because do nothing and you have to government finace health care.
    4) Cut spending... where? Not as proposed by Obama/ gates on military spending, ( pay as you go per Obama in a lot of other areas), but social welfare for the poor... thats a vote winner for sure.
    Watch this space as polling generic ifs are replaced by tangible and real voting intentions .
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    September 14, 2010 03:35 am at 3:35 am |
  2. 30-YR ARMY VETERAN FOR THE TRUTH!

    The Tea Party is against Liberals, Communist, Islam and the Socialist party. Republicans we can take or leave them as long as they are very conservative and go by the Constitution of the U.S. Come November 2010 you will see how comitted we are and how strong we've become. We will take America back from change we ca not afford.

    September 14, 2010 03:42 am at 3:42 am |
  3. Larry

    The Republican supported / created Tea Party, turns and eats it's own
    How wonderful
    How deserving
    I guess on occasion, the Republicans actually do something good for this country
    Bon appetit

    September 14, 2010 05:41 am at 5:41 am |
  4. Willy Brown

    Time to vote out the democrat lite crowd (RINO’s) and put true conservatives back in office.

    September 14, 2010 05:44 am at 5:44 am |