Brian Walsh

Following the September GOP primary, the race in the Granite State’s First Congressional District continues to be one of the must watch campaigns of the cycle.  With Republican Frank Guinta leading in the most recent polling, incumbent Democrat Carol Shea-Porter is desperately attempting to portray herself as independent, despite her stance that Washington Democrats are 100% right.

The current predicament Shea-Porter finds herself in revolves around hypocritical comments made regarding lobbyist donations.  Even though she promised not to take money from “D.C. lobbyists”, a close look at her FEC records reveals the truth.  Shea-Porter didn’t just take one or two contributions, or even attempt to pass it off as an oversight.  The reality is that she has accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars from sources such as union PACs and others that were supposedly sworn off.  In the end, though, the trouble for Shea-Porter isn’t breaking her pledge; it’s that voters now know more than ever they cannot trust her.

With only two weeks to go, Guinta has been running strong and is ready to give New Hampshire voters the representation they deserve in Washington.  Be sure to keep an eye on this race as we get close to Election Day. 

Original Post (09/22/2010):

New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District is shaping up to be a tight race that is sure to call into question Democratic rubber-stamp Carol Shea-Porter’s ability to effectively represent her constituents.  With challenger Frank Guinta running a tough campaign, this is one New England race that Democrats know could very well switch to the Republican column.

The 1st Congressional District is one of two in New Hampshire, and also happens to be the New England district in which President Obama received the least support, taking in just 53 percent of the vote in 2008.  This district spans several populous areas, as it includes the Manchester area, the Seacoast, and the Lakes Region.   As one of the nine districts in the country with a Cook Partisan Voting Index of Zero – meaning that it’s equally Red and Blue – this is one of the most heated contests in the country.  Combine the fact that Obama barely claimed victory here in 2008 with President Bush’s wins in 2000 and 2004, and you have a stage set for a Republican victory in November.

Brian Walsh

Brian Walsh is the Political Director of the National Republican Congressional Committee.