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October 15, 2012

Close NH races to attract more voters


“In Plaistow and Atkinson, people know me. They know how I do it,” Major said.

Victoria Czaia of Atkinson is in her first run for state political office, campaigning as a Democrat for the New Hampshire Senate seat held by Republican Chuck Morse of Salem, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.

“I’ve never run before. I’m thrilled,” Czaia said, admitting the close races are creating campaign excitement.

“It’s really an awesome time to be running,” she said.

“I’d really like to see Obama do a better job,” Czaia said. “I’d like to see him speak up, not be so relaxed. I’d like to see him a bit more aggressive. He needs to show average citizens he’s ready to fight against Romney.”

Democrat R. Christopher Reisdorf, a former Derry town councilor challenging incumbent Republican Sen. Jim Rausch of Derry, concedes he’s a little concerned, though not much, about Obama’s performance.

“He does need to do better than last time, for his own sake. He didn’t appear mentally there. It was his anniversary. Maybe he was thinking about what to get (Michelle),” Reisdorf said.

Reisdorf agrees with Czaia that it’s an exciting time on the trail.

“It’s like a few years ago when all the Democrats won. It’s like this can really happen,” Reisdorf said.

Rep. John Sedensky, R-Hampstead, said what’s happening up the ballot matters to his chances in Hampstead.

“We’ll see on the 6th (of November).”

The format for tomorrow night’s debate at Hofstra University, airing on network television at 9 p.m., is billed as town hall-style.

“I don’t think a town hall forum is an advantage. I think they’re a little bit tougher to handle,” Sedensky said.

Sedensky thought Romney did well in the first debate — he looked presidential, and needs to build on that performance.

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