SEABROOK — Local residents braved the rain to cast their ballots Tuesday, and the unofficial results reveal a red wave splashed across the coastal town.
Seabrook saw a 54 percent voter turnout, according to town officials. Three hundred residents voted by absentee ballot, some of the more than 3,000 votes cast in town, according to Town Moderator Paul Kelley. In addition, Kelley said the town registered more than 200 new voters on Election Day.
Republican incumbent Gov. Chris Sununu, who visited the polls in Hampton on Tuesday morning, received 1,993 votes locally, trumping Democratic candidate Molly Kelly, who racked up 1,114 votes. Independent candidate James Jarvis earned 34 votes.
For Congress, Republican candidate Eddie Edwards led in Seabrook with 1,727 votes. Democratic candidate Chris Pappas garnered 1,327 votes and Libertarian candidate Dan Belforti received 51 votes.
For state senator, Republican candidate Dan Innis received 1,750 votes over Democratic candidate Tom Sherman’s 1,294 votes.
Republican candidate Jason A. Janvrin received 6,189 votes in his bid in Rockingham County House District 37, which covers territory in Seabrook, Hampton and Hampton Falls. Elaine Andrews-Ahearn, his Democratic opponent, fell short with 6,038 votes, according to town officials.
Janvrin, who divided his time among all three towns, admitted he was worried after the primary that Hampton would be a loss. In Andrews-Ahearn’s hometown of Hampton Falls, Janvrin received 725 votes, while he said his opponent totaled 528 votes.
“I lost Hampton, but I won overall,” said Janvrin, who previously served a term as state representative in District 20. “It’s mind-boggling how that was a huge landslide ... . That was honestly the prediction.”
The Republican candidate said he decided to run in House District 37 after noticing similar issues between Seabrook and Hampton. He is a member of the Planning Board, serving as chair for many years.
“I think with my experience in Seabrook, I can help Hampton,” he said.
Three Republicans snagged the open positions for state representative in District 20, where there were six candidates on the ballot. District 20 covers area in Seabrook and Hampton Falls.
With the votes from both towns, the unofficial results say Republican Max Abramson earned 1,979 votes, Republican William L. Fowler received 2,051 votes and Republican Aboul B. Khan garnered 2,232 votes, according to town officials.
Democratic candidate Patricia O’Keefe totaled 1,817 votes, Democrat Greg Marrow racked up 1,509 votes and Democrat Dennis Rice received 1,383 votes.
Khan, who traveled between Seabrook and Hampton Falls on Election Day, won his third term as state representative in District 20. During his campaign, Khan said he spent a lot of time knocking on doors and speaking with residents about their concerns for the district.
“I’m very grateful to the voters of Seabrook and Hampton Falls for putting their trust in me to serve them and represent them at the Statehouse,” Khan said. “I will do everything possible to fulfill my obligation to them, to the residents of District 20.”
Khan said he will address the opioid epidemic, minimum wage issue, full-day kindergarten and providing for the state’s veterans.
After spending time at the polls in Seabrook and Hampton Falls, Abramson said he ranked second among the six candidates.
“I knew that the Seacoast would produce a very high turnout because every Republican and every independent voter we talked to said they were definitely voting and that they knew about the election and they were absolutely going to be there,” said Abramson, who added that he plans to tackle the drug crisis while in office.
Despite the red wave that covered Seabrook, the three candidates admitted they are concerned about the Democratic takeover in New Hampshire’s Senate and House of Representatives. Whether Democrats have been in the minority or the majority, Abramson said the party has obstructed Republican legislation.
“If that puts us in the minority, all the Democrats will just vote the way the party leaders tell them to and that means they would continue the pattern of voting down any bill the Republicans put forward,” Abramson added.
Khan agreed, noting that with a Democratic House and Senate, it will be difficult for Republicans to push through bills without support from across the aisle.
“We don’t know how it’s going to work out, but we’re going to do everything we possibly can because we have a very good Republican delegation from District 20,” Khan said. “All the (Republican) members won, even in District 37. We have very good representatives going to Congress and we’re going to be working together.”