Forrester carries 26 of 27 town in Senate District 2

MEREDITH — Republican State Senate District 2 incumbent Jeanie Forrester of Meredith carried 26 of 27 towns in the district as she easily defeated Democrat Carolyn Mello of Ashland 12,689 to 7,273 in Tuesday's voting, to earn a third term.

The only town Forrester lost was Plymouth, where Mello edged her 941-885.

Forrester was strongly supported in her bid for a third term in her hometown  of Meredith, which she carried by a 2,013-852 vote. She is the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.



Democrats hold Plymouth but Republicans pick up some N.H. seats in southern Grafton County

PLYMOUTH — In the Grafton County District 8 race (Plymouth, Hebron, Holderness), incumbent Democrats Mary Cooney (1,630) and Suzanne Smith (1,679) and newcomer Travis Bennett (1,503) successfully fended off Republican challengers Omer Ahern Jr., (1,330) Edward Swanson (1,131) and John Tucker (1,232).

Democrats were less successful in other Grafton County races. Republic challenger Eric Johnson (640) defeated incumbent Democart Jim Aguiar (634) in District 7 (Campton).

In  District 17, which includes the towns of Alexandria, Ashland, Bridgewater, Bristol, Enfield and Grafton, Republican challenger Stephen Darrow (2,546) defeated incumbent Democrat Catherine Mullholland (2,371).

In Grafton County District 9, which includes Alexandria, Ashland, Bridgewater, Bristol and Grafton, incumbent Republican Jeff Shackett (1,982) and newcomer Robert Hull (1,574) defeated Democrats Judy Wallick (1,536) and Jeremy Olson (1,010).

Meredith woman celebrates 100th birthday by casting ballot

MEREDITH — ''I don't feel like 100, but people keep telling me that I am,'' said Agnes Franklin after she marked her 100th birthday by voting in the mid-term election at the Community Center yesterday.
A native of Belfast, Ireland, who emigrated to the United States when she was just 14 years old, Franklin and her husband of 79 years, George, both cast ballots for the first time since they moved to New Hampshire from Binghamton, New York, several years ago.
''We were married in 1935. That's 79 years I've put up with him,'' she said with a laugh as she and George arrived by Meredith Bay Colony Club van at the Community Center late Tuesday morning.
She said that she and her husband first met at a Sunday night service at a Baptist Church in Binghamton and that it was George's sister who brought them together.
''He wasn't at the church service on one Sunday night but his sister was and she told him that there was a girl there that might catch his eye. So he came the next Sunday and kept looking at me,'' she recalls.
''I sat in my seat and kept winking at her. But it was her that kept looking at me'' says George, who recalled that it took the better part of a week's pay when he took her on heir first date and went to a movie.
The couple had to register as new voters before they could go through the voting lines and sign affidavits as neither had a drivers license or any form of photo identification.
The couple have a daughter who lives just north of Boston and who owns a home on Lake Winnipesaukee and who persuaded them to move from Binghamton to the Lakes Region.
One of their neighbors at the Meredith Bay Colony Club, Nancy Thomason, said that Agnes keeps herself very active and walks through the building every day to help maintain her health.
''When I found that she was going to be 100 years old on election day I thought wouldn't that be something to see her voting on her 100th birthday,'' said Thomason, who accompanied George as he went through the registration process and helped him fill out the needed forms.
Diane Ruggiero, who works at the Colony Club, assisted Agnes as she went through the same process. She said that the couple take part in all of the summer picnics that are held at the retirement community and enjoy the musical programs held for residents as well as ''anything to do with food.''
After they had voted, George, who will be 100 next October, said he was happy to have voted but glad to be getting back on the van to head back home. ''There's too much going on here'' he said as he watched the steady stream of voters casting their ballots.

Hosmer is last local Democrat standing, by 131 votes

LACONIA — "If I'm the only Democrat left standing in Belknap County, I guess I did okay," said state Senator Andrew Hosmer of Laconia, who edged his Republican rival Kathleen Lauer-Rago of Franklin by just 131 votes — 9,542 to 9,411 —on Tuesday to hold his seat in District 7.

Democrats lost all five seats they had held in the Belknap County House delegation of 18 members.

Hosmer carried the city of Laconia by a mere 89 votes — 2,651 to 2,562 — as the six wards split evenly between the two candidates with Hosmer's margin in Ward 3 proving the difference. Hosmer won Ward 3 by 152 votes, Ward 4 by 56 votes and Ward 5 by 36 votes, a combined margin of 244 votes. Lauer-Rago carried Ward 1 by 58 votes, Ward 2 by 23 votes and ward 6 by 74 votes, a combined margin of 155 votes.

In Franklin, the other city in the district, Lauer-Rago beat Hosmer by 78 votes, 1,215 to 1,1137. She held majorities in all three wards.

Hosmer carried five of the nine towns in District 7. Gilford and Belmont, the only towns in Belknap County in the district, went separate ways as Hosmer squeaked past Lauer-Rago by five votes in Gilford — 1,616 to 1,611 — but lost Belmont by 219 votes — 1,218 to 999. In Merrimack County Lauer-Rago won Northfield by 771 to 674, Salisbury by 292 to 248. Hosmer carried Andover by 527 to 375, Boscawen by 605 to 544, Webster by 395 to 382 and Canterbury by 690 to 441.

In seven of the 10 municipalities in the district the difference between the two candidates was less than 100 votes as Hosmer 's margins of 152 votes in Andover and 249 votes in Canterbury decided the outcome.

In light of the closeness of the election, the GOP may well request a recount.