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GOP Elects Horn

Josh Rogers/NHPR

New Hampshire Republicans tap former congressional candidate Jennifer Horn to be party chair.

Jennifer Horn told fellow Republicans that under her watch the GOP will shake the image that she said hurt them in 2012.

"We must put to rest forever the notion that the Republican party does not care -- that we don't care about women, that we don't care about the elderly, that we don't care about children, that we are the party of old white guys."

Horn defeated Bristol activist Andrew Hemingway to claim the chairmanship. Horn promised to unite the party and take the fight to Democrats.

"I am ready to go toe-to-toe with Maggie Hassan, Terie Norelli, Carol Shea-Porter and Ann McLane Kuster. And you know what, Ray Buckley? Bring it on!"

Horn bid for chairman was favored by the party establishment,from Senator Kelly Ayotte on down. But Horn's candidacy was put at risk when a fellow republican publicized that the IRS holds a  $92,000 lien on her house for back taxes. In a statement, Democratic chairman Ray Buckley noted that Horn will be the GOP’s 10th chairman in 12 years. Buckley said that he looked forward to working with Horn to defend N.H.’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary, but added that he didn’t envy her challenge of picking up the pieces from the GOP’s 2012 losses.

Josh has worked at NHPR since 2000.

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