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Recap: Recount Likely Between Sanborn and Nyquist

Bedford Republicans survive blue wave.

Kevin Hodges says he called it five months ago.

"I knew this was going to be a coin-toss race between two well-matched hard campaigners with significant resources and competing messages," said Lee Nyquist's campaign manager.

Nyquist, a New Boston Democrat, took the race for District 9 senate down to the wire, but in the end, it was his opponent, Bedford Republican Andy Sanborn, who earned the photo-finish triumph.

Though Sanborn garnered a , Nyquist captured the vote in 10 of the remaining 13 District 9 towns. In total, Sanborn finished the race with 15,435 votes to Nyquist's 15,225.

The 210-tally difference between the two candidates represents less than one percent of the total ballots cast.

Of course, the Nyquist camp confirmed last night that they're likely to call for a recount. They have until 5 p.m. this Friday, Nov. 9, to file requisite paperwork with the Secretary of State's office.

"We are going to seriously consider all our options and, once the dust settles, make a decision within that window," said Hodges. "We knew it would be tight, but we certainly didn't expect it to be this close."

For Sanborn, the fact he and his wife Laurie – who earned another term in the NH House (results below) – were able to survive the massive blue wave that overtook much of New Hampshire, is indicative of the trust voters have placed in them.

"I don't think anyone expected any of the races in New Hampshire to be this close," said Sanborn. "For me, I think this just shows how hard Laurie and I worked and this proves that not only do we truly identify with the voters, but they identify with us.

"I definitely think our message as small business owners resonates with New Hampshire residents and people realize we're not just typical politicians, and the fact we survived this landslide vote seems to back that up," he added. "I truly thank all the voters who came out and supported us and promise to make them proud of us."

Hodges was equally impressed with the turnout for his candidate.

"This is a Republican district to begin with and we began this with a two- to three-point disadvantage, so we were working up hill this entire race," said Hodges. "With or without this wave, this is certainly a big achievement for us. I mean, Lee Nyquist is apparently the most popular Democrat in Bedford, and that's because he had so much support from many of the area's Independents and Republicans."

Other Races

Though Mitt Romney and Ovide Lamontagne both won Bedford's hearts, the local results didn't translate on the state and national level as both candidates fell to their respective opponents. Congressman Frank Guinta, despite winning Bedford, suffered a similar fate, handing New Hampshire's First Congressional seat back to Carol Shea-Porter, who he defeated two years ago.

Executive Council

As of early this morning, WMUR had posted results for 22 of 30 Executive Council District 4 precincts with Manchester Democrat Chris Pappas holding a 46,289 to 41,696 (50% to 46%) advantage over Bedford Republican Bob Burns (who won Bedford 6,604 to 4,924).

NH House of Representatives (District 41)

In another hotly contested race, Bedford Republican Laurie Sanborn defeated Amherst Democrat Len Gerzon 10,948 to 7,139. Sanborn – who took 3,611 votes in Amherst to Gerzon's 2,957 – won Bedford convincingly, 7,336 to 4,182.

NH House of Representatives (District 7)

Republicans John Cebrowski (6,733); David Danielson (6,959); John Graham (6,719); Keith Murphy (6,420); Kelleigh Domaingue Murphy (6,202); and Moe Villeneauve (6,861) defeated Democrats Gerald Boyer (3,514); Jane Boyer (3,870); Jeremy Dupuis (3,703); Jerry Hanauer (3,509); Bob Jones (3,690) and Kreistie Poltronieri (3,789).

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Peter T. Hansen November 07, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Way to go Bedford! And Laurie and Andy too!!!
Just my 2 cents November 08, 2012 at 02:55 PM
I am very pleased that the Nyquist campaign had decided to have a recount. 15,225 voters in District 9 did their research and prefer Lee Nyquist’s approach to Granite State issues that need attention.
Peter T. Hansen November 08, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Well 2 cents, more than 15,225 thought otherwise and as the system works we have Senator Sanborn. Not always but generally recounts result in more votes to the challenged than the challenger but I certainly respect the right of anyone to ask for a recount as that also is part of the system.
Just my 2 cents November 08, 2012 at 03:43 PM
My point being, there are many blind voters out there that may have voted differently if they did their research. Looking at the numbers in Beford, there are too many straight ticket voters. Andy Sanborn has shaky business practices, and you may ask his primary opponent, a Republican, about his character and dishonest methods. Also ask the constituents from District 7, that he disserted before 15 significant house votes were taken. I don’t want advise or decision making with my tax money, from one who’s business went bankrupt and left vendors uncompensated, only to proceed to invest approximately $100,000 on a new business venture. We will be keeping our eyes on his votes and see if he votes as he proposed. Onward and Upward !
Andrew Voss November 08, 2012 at 06:25 PM
I am glad that Lee is asking for a recount. With less than one percent difference between the two tallies, a recount does not seem unreasonable. In fact, in many parts of the country a recount would be required by law, simply to guarantee the integrity of our elections. While the recount will most likely not be far enough from the initial count to change the result, honest mistakes do happen and it pays to set a standard of certainty. For full disclosure, I have been a Lee Nyquist supporter since long before November 6th, but it is my belief that whichever way this race had gone, a recount would have been appropriate. The race was so close, I had almost assumed that there would be a recount, because neither candidate was likely to win a significant majority.
Bedford resident November 08, 2012 at 07:07 PM
I had an enormous amount of mailers come to my house, and Sanborn's mailers seemed to always be funded by national groups. I don't like to see national organizations coming in to influence local elections. The fact that Nyquist lost by 200 votes, despite that national influx of money into Sanborn's campaign, warrants a recount. What worries me is who will Sanborn show allegiance to? The local he is supposed to represent or the national organizations that helped fund his campaign?
Michelle O'Rourke November 08, 2012 at 07:13 PM
It is very reasonable to ask for a recount when only 210 votes are separating the two candidates. I find it hard to believe that Mr. Sanborn would not ask for a recount.
Eyec2020 November 08, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Andrew Couldn't agree with you more. According to the Union Leader, Sanborn is already whining that a recount isn't needed. I'm sure if the results were reversed Sanborn would have done the same as Lee.
Just my 2 cents November 25, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Turns out Mr Nyquist picked up about 40 votes from the recount.
Peter T. Hansen November 25, 2012 at 10:01 PM
2 Cents, thanks for the update. I am somewhat surprised at the number of additional votes found for Mr. Nyquist but not that they found some. Did Andy pick up any additional votes? I haven't been following the recount.

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