Gray over Casey in Senate District 6

ROCHESTER — James Gray, a Republican who has served two terms in the New Hampshire House of Representatives, stepped up to the New Hampshire Senate, by topping Joe Casey, by a margin of 14,421 to 11,198 to win the seat in Senate District 6..

Both candidates are from Rochester, where Gray is a retired engineer and Casey is an electrician and official of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

Senate District 6 includes the towns of Alton, Barnstead and Gilmanton in Belknap County.

– Michael Kitch

GOP sweeps Belmont seats for NH House

BELMONT — Republicans captured the two seats in the New Hampshire House of Representatives as incumbent Michael Sylvia topped the poll with 1,852 votes to win his third term and John Plummer polled 1,707 votes to win his first.

Democrats Diane Lacey and George Condodemetraky received 1,245 votes and 887 votes respectively.

– Michael Kitch

Giuda Over Chandler in Senate District 2

WARREN — In the race between the two candidates from Warren for the New Hampshire Senate, Republican Bob Giuda topped Democrat Charlie Chandler to capture the open seat in District 2.

With Piermont still to report, Giuda carried 17 of the 27 towns in the district to poll 15,363 votes while Chandler tallied 13,040 votes to win by a margin of 2,323 votes , or by 54 percent to 46 percent of the vote.

"it was a shocker to me," said Chandler, noting that the margins in the towns her carried were much less than he expected and the margins in the towns he lost were much greater than he expected. "It was a Trump freight train and we didn't see it coming." He recalled that when he learned he won Tilton, where he practiced law for many years, by 50 votes "I knew right then something was off in the mix."

"Losing is not fun," Chandler conceded, "but more than 28,000 people voted, including a large number of newly registered voters. It's a good system, but a disappointing result."

Giuda could not be reached for comment.

– Michael Kitch