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NH GOP Elects New Chairman; 2012 Straw Poll

January 24, 2011

On the wake of former Governor John Sununu’s incredible tenure as NH GOP Chairman, the two Republicans running for the state party’s top post had large shoes to fill. With massive supermajorities in the state House and Senate, Sununu turned around the GOP’s fortunes in the Granite State.

At yesterday’s party meeting, tea party backed Jack Kimball, who had also run for Governor in 2010, ended up narrowly defeating Juliana Bergeron, who had been backed by Sununu. Elsewhere, in contested elections for chairman in Washington state and Arizona, tea party candidates also emerged victorious.

Meanwhile, Mitt Romney gained 35% of the delegates in New Hampshire’s first straw poll (of course, straw polls must be taken with a grain of salt, especially one this early). Ron Paul came in second with 11%, with all other candidates scoring in the single digits.

For 2012, my eyes will be on two people in particular: Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.

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