By Doug Ireland email@example.com
---- — KINGSTON — Republican Russell Prescott has been re-elected to a fourth term in the state Senate.
Prescott, 52, defeated Democratic challenger and fellow Kingston resident Carol Croteau in a close race Tuesday, 53 percent to 47 percent.
Prescott received 15,029 votes to 13,076 for Croteau. Complete results were not available until yesterday morning, but Prescott was clearly leading Croteau in most District 23 towns on election night.
Those towns included Chester, Danville, East Kingston, Kingston and Sandown, where Prescott received 7,196 votes compared to 4,981. District 23 also includes Brentwood, Epping, Exeter and Fremont.
Prescott, 52, served in the state Senate from 2000 to 2004, then was elected for a third term in 2010, when he defeated Maggie Hassan, now governor-elect. He is an engineer and business owner.
Croteau, a 52-year-old Democrat, is the founder of Bully Free NH. Croteau ran unopposed in September. She ran for a House seat in 2010, but was defeated.
In another Rockingham County race, District 33 House candidate Timothy Comerford of Fremont defeated Democrat George Manos of Danville, 58 to 42 percent.
Comerford, the Republican incumbent, received 3,734 votes to 2,694 for Manos.
Comerford, 26, was elected to the House in 2008. Both candidates ran unopposed in the primary Sept. 11.
Manos is a substitute teacher who has not held elective office before.
Rockingham District 33 includes Danville, Fremont and Brentwood.