NH Still Undecided. Don't Hold Your Breath.

Jillian Bandes
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Posted: Sep 15, 2010 8:53 AM
The second-biggest race of last night — the New Hampshire GOP primary between Ovide Lamontagne and Kelly Ayotte — is still undecided more than 12 hours after the first polls closed.

Lamontagne is up by one percentage point with 85% of precincts reporting. He is the meatier of the two conservatives, and Ayotte enjoyed the endorsement of the Washington establishment. If Lamontagne wins, it would be a one-two punch in the face of the national GOP.

Lamontagne polls slighty worse than Ayotte against Rep. Paul Hodes, the Democrat. But Lamontagne polls way better against Hodes than O'Donnell polls against Democrat Chris Coons. So if conservatives pick this one up, there is a much better chance of actually getting into the Senate and making a difference than there is in Delaware.