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State GOP Convention Aims To Protect Primary, Build Party Unity

Brady Carlson

  New Hampshire Republicans say protecting the first-in-the-nation presidential primary and party unity are among the GOP's themes for 2016.

The state Republican committee held its annual convention Saturday in Concord. 

Convention voters elected two representatives to the Republican National Committee. Both of the winning candidates, Steve Duprey of Concord and Juliana Bergeron of Keene, argued that their experience with national GOP leaders would benefit the state committee as well as the primary process.

"Fighting to preserve our first in the nation primary and making sure that New Hampshire has a loud and ever-present voice at every single RNC meeting has been my mission for the last four years," Bergeron said. "I am proud of my work and ready to do more." 

The convention reelected Duprey as national committeeman with no opponent and little objection. But Bergeron was one of several officials who faced challenges from activists, who argued the party establishment has been an obstacle for conservatives.

Backers of Sharon Osborne, an activist from Auburn with ties to the libertarian Free State Project, said electing her as committeewoman over Bergeron would give "movement conservatives" more representation.

Party chair Jennifer Horn announced Bergeron had won another four-year term over Osborne by just two votes. 

The convention also reelected Matt Mayberry of Dover as party vice chair over Dan Hynes. 

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