These are tough times for New Hampshire Republicans. But if history is any lesson, their anguish will be brief.
In 2012, voters tossed both House GOP members, and Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is already an early favorite to win re-election next year. Local Republicans continue to struggle with recruitment against Shaheen and in the gubernatorial race.
Republicans might have to wait a cycle or two before they can come roaring back from the dumps. After all, the GOP controlled both House seats just a year ago. That political moodiness means that opportunity abounds for the politically ambitious.
“When you’re looking at the landscape in New Hampshire right now, Democrats have a strong bench of candidates for federal and statewide office,” state Democratic Party spokesman Harrell Kirstein said. “When you look at the New Hampshire Republican Party, you’re seeing in a lot of ways the same split you’re seeing nationally.”
Shaheen’s re-election marks the most pressing priority for Granite State Republicans, who have yet to find a top candidate to challenger her. Former Rep. Jeb Bradley, a top GOP prospect, withdrew from consideration because of family illness.
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