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New Hampshire

November 9, 2012

N.H. political parties must build for future

Elections over, N.H. political parties must plan for future


Windham GOP chairman Travis Blais believes Republicans remain in good shape looking forward.

"Despite the setback statewide, New Hampshire Republicans are alive and well, especially in the southern tier," he said. "Windham, Salem and other towns are sending back all-GOP delegations to Concord. This includes Jim Rausch and Chuck Morse as part of a state Senate majority that will now serve as our primary check on the Democrats' temptation to return to their big spending, big taxing ways of 2006-2010."

Republicans see hope beyond New Hampshire, too.

Garcia looks at the national scene and finds Democrats banking on the same old voices — the Clintons, Joe Biden — while the Republicans have a deep talent pool coming along to create enthusiasm for elections in 2014 and 2016.

"On the Republican side are all kinds of very strong governors, like Susana Martinez and Nikki Haley. We have a new senator in Texas, Ted Cruz. There's Paul Ryan, who ran for vice president. There's Kelly (Ayotte) in New Hampshire and Marco Rubio in Florida," Garcia said. "They are young and diverse. We have a lot more to work with."

Smith shares that view.

"The Republicans have a great bench," Smith said. "It's almost an embarassment of riches."

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