New Hampshire returned to its red roots last night for the most part. Both of our representative seats returned to the R column with Frank Guinta and Charlie Bass, and we elected Kelly Ayotte as our newest Senator. The Bass race was close with Charlie winning 49% – 47%. Guinta beat up on Shea-Porter 55% – 41%. And of course the pummeling Kelly Ayotte put on Paul Hodes 61% – 35% had me opening the Johnny Walker Gold early in the evening.
The only bright spot for the Dems was the reelection of John Lynch as Governor. He is the first governor to ever win a fourth term in NH (we have two year terms for governor.) As the night went on it was apparent this was going to be bittersweet for Lynch.
The 24 seat NH Senate went from a 14 -10 Democrat majority to what is looking like a 19 – 5 or 20 – 4 Republican majority. The NH House held a Democrat majority for the last four years. Thanks to them, NH turned into Massachusetts North. Between tax and fee hikes, homosexual “marriage”, and a whole litany of liberal legislation that would make San Francisco blush (if that’s possible), the House was way out of the mainstream. That changed tremendously last night. It is looking like the Republicans picked up at least 250 of the 400 seats and may well have picked up the 2/3 supermajority needed to override any vetoes.
The final office of interest in NH is the Executive Council. The Governor cannot really do anything without the Executive Council’s approval. For an overview of what they do, go here.
The Executive Council of the State of New Hampshire (commonly known as the Governor’s Council) is the executive body of the U.S. state of New Hampshire. The Executive Council advises the Governor on all matters and provides a check on the governor’s power. New Hampshire is one of the few states that has an Executive Council, and is the state whose council has the most power. While the Governor retains the right to veto legislation passed by the New Hampshire General Court, and commands the New Hampshire National Guard, the Council has veto power over pardons, contracts with a value greater than $5,000, and nominations.
The Executive Council went from 3 – 2 Democrat to 5 – 0 Republican.
Hopefully, this will signal a return to NH’s roots. We have always been conservative and very independent. Recently, we have seen an influx of people seeking to escape the nightmare they created in Massachusetts moving into New Hampshire and electing the same type of candidates they were fleeing. It looks like the good old common-sense NH yankees have finally had enough and wanted to make themselves heard.
Live Free or Die.