September 15th, 2010
02:14 PM ET
12 years ago

Ayotte the winner in New Hampshire

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption ="Kelly Ayotte has been declared the winner of New Hampshire’s GOP Senate primary."](CNN) - The New Hampshire Secretary of State Wednesday afternoon released official results on their website that show former state Attorney General Kelly Ayotte as the winner of the Republican primary for U.S. Senate.

Ayotte, who was considered the GOP establishment candidate, pulled out a narrow victory in the final hours of the primary against her main opponent, Ovide Lamontagne, who enjoyed the support of many Tea Party activists. Ayotte garnered Sarah Palin's endorsement, among other high-profile support.

Lamontagne has until 5 p.m. ET to decide whether he'll seek a recount because the vote margin fell within 1.5 percent of the total votes cast. Jim Merrill, a senior adviser to his campaign, told CNN "stay tuned," as to whether or not Lamontagne will challenge the results.

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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Challenge the results Lamontagne. Further divide the republican party. Death to the GOP.

    September 15, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  2. Whatever

    So Palin went against the Tea Party?!?! OMG no wonder the weather changed so quickly!!!! The GOP is destroying itself from the inside out!!! Any repubs ready to delcare himself/herself an independent yet?! It is better to be independent than under a specific party affiliation. WOW

    September 15, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  3. mrkusn

    Establishment Candidate vs Tea Party Candidate. Not so fast CNN. Your labels are skewing the issue here. A candidate supported by Sarah Palin can be considered a Tea Party candidate in many respects. This was an in-house conservative vs. more conservative contest.

    September 15, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  4. shawn

    Darn, too bad! I am laughing hysterically at all these nutball Teabag "winners" who are dooming the GOP in November and beyond. Let the GOP civil war continue and finish off that pointless and deranged political party.

    September 15, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  5. BeverlyNC

    Well thank goodness one state has some common sense when it comes to candidates. Tea baggers are extremists, racists, ignorant, and don't have a clue what issues matter to middle class Americans.

    These poor fools don't know the Republicans are their real enemy. If they knew Republicans want to take away their Social Security, Medicare, and other benefits these old white people need, they would be running to the Democrats.

    September 15, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  6. Samantha

    How about the idea that more women are winning. I couldn't help notice that both Ayotte and O'Donnell are young, pleasant looking women with big smiles. Maybe that means something to Americans, maybe that women that get along with people better and have less back biting and bickering. Look at Rove back-biting. Rove and Cheney are among with unpleasant, contentious Republicans that Americans rejected by the sweeping Democratic vote in 2008. But new faces are new faces. Don't underestimate the power of women.

    September 15, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  7. Whatever

    What does it mean to be Republician these days?! So Per the Tea Party, Repubs are not conservative. Hmmm they should maybe change their platform. Someone please answer that because the Tea Party says Repub like it is a dirty word (oh my they say dirty words all the time) .LOL

    September 15, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  8. oracle

    Yet another proxy win for Sarah Palin. I heard her endorsement record is something like 25 wins and 11 losses now. That's real clout! Go Cuda!!!

    September 15, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  9. Anita in AZ

    What if he challenged her instead of conceeding?

    September 15, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  10. larry

    Hey Lameontagne, go for the recount. I hear "the White Annoying Teabaggers" are still voting, even the dead ones.

    September 15, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  11. don

    This time it's the Tea Partiers that have to sell out to join the GOP and not vice versa.

    September 15, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  12. Ryan

    She used to be my babysitter when we were in Catholic school together. Sad that she turned out Republican but I guess it's no surprise.

    September 15, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  13. Jacob

    endorsed by Palin? so she's the enemy!

    September 15, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  14. harvey 60

    yesterday when I voted the tea party faction was across the street gathered around a trailer (figures) and some kids were on the sidewalk in front of the polls holding the candidate's signs. this morning's Lamontagne rag, the Union Leader, posted a front page photo with a kid with braces holding up Ovide's sign. Kinda reminds me of little Palestinian kids hurling rocks toward Israeli tanks in Gaza.

    September 15, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  15. Happy Dem

    Dang, I was hoping for yet another fringe looney to prevail!

    September 15, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |