October 16th, 2010
10:41 AM ET
4 years ago

CNN 100: Toss-up in the Granite State

Editor's Note: In the final 100 days before Election Day, CNN has been profiling one race at random each day from among the nation's top 100 House races, which we've dubbed "The CNN 100." Read the full list here. Today's featured district is:

NH 01: Rep. Carol Shea-Porter is defending her seat.
Primary: September 14, 2010
Location: Manchester and eastern New Hampshire
Days until the election: 17

New Hampshire has a unique national reputation of having a large number of independent voters. Much of this reputation is due, of course, to the state's position in the presidential nominating calendar. That independent streak extends to congressional elections, including Rep. Carol Shea-Porter's re-election campaign as voters in the 1st district decide whether they back a Democratic incumbent or the Republican challenger.

Shea-Porter, who is up for her third term in the granite state, is facing a very tough battle to win her seat back. Her opponent, Republican and former Manchester mayor Frank Guinta may be a novice when it comes to campaigning, (and has made some rookie mistakes like failing to disclose a $300,000 bank account) but his message has made inroads with some of those independent voters who are so crucial to winning in New Hampshire. Recent polls show him with a lead over the incumbent.

Adding to the mix is the fact that Shea-Porter has aligned herself with the Obama administration at at time when the nation is in no mood to congratulate the ruling party, especially considering New Hampshire has suffered significantly from the woes that have plagued many across the country.

But at the end of August, Shea-Porter had over $500,000 left in her bank account to spend, and Guinta's account had dwindled to a little more than $150,000. If turnout is on her side on election day, Shea-Porter could pull this one out, but it's a pure toss-up until then.


Filed under: 2010 • CNN 100 • New Hampshire
soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The GOP are just like a doctor who did a bad surgery and says it wasn't his fault but wants you to come back and let him operate again. Anybody in their right mind wouldn't go back to the GOP and let them operate again.

    October 16, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  2. TOTUS FOR PRESIDENT

    I want you all to listen to Reid's explanation of how you can eradicate colon cancer through colonoscopies that "snip those things when they go up..." YIKES! And yet the loony left tries to play the same old card of describing common sense folks such as Angle, Whitman, O'Donnel, Brewer, Palin and Fiorina as "extremists". It's the only game they know, and they certainly can't run on their horrendous records.

    Now let's hear some more from Boxer as to why everyone MUST call her highness 'Senator' and not 'ma'am', from Harry Reid bumbling about cancer procedures, and from Moonbeam Brown and NOW about why its fine to call women you disagree with the W word!

    October 16, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  3. GOP Zombie

    Did Frank find the $300K account he forgot to disclose from the same guy that helped Christine O'Donnell pay-off her house in full right before it got seized by the bank for delinquency?

    October 16, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  4. TJ

    It goes deeper than not disclosing a bank account... Where did the money come from... because he had never disclosed the account even in financial disclosures when he was Mayor... He wont release bank statements proving the account has a long history as he suggests which certainly makes the Democrats claim that the loan and donations from himself actually came from his parents believable.

    October 16, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  5. Annie, Atlanta

    Totus for President – if you don't see the hate and divisiveness of those "common sense folks" you're talking about, I certainly won't be able to get through. Just keep on hating, like corporate America is hoping you will, so you can't see that they're buying our democracy off, one politician at a time, along with all those "common sense folks" of yours.

    BTW, Reid is right about that procedure that stops colon cancer. Did no one ever tell you this?

    October 16, 2010 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |