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Holderness 'Thank A Vet' BBQ A Draw For Republican Primary Hopefuls

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The “Thank a Vet” barbeque in Holderness Saturday drew several Republicans vying for their party’s nomination in the upcoming September primary.  

Among them was former New Hampshire U.S. Senator Bob Smith, who’s running to get his old seat back.

Smith has yet to release fundraising figures, but he says his campaign is doing fine.

“We don’t do fundraisers in Las Vegas and raise hundreds of thousands of dollars. We’re a grassroots organization. I like to say I’m a country music Republican, not a country club Republican and so that’s where we’re raising our money.”

Smith is one of three candidates seeking the Republican nomination in the U.S. Senate race.

Former Massachusetts U.S. Senator Scott Brown and former New Hampshire state senator Jim Rubens are also running.

Rubens says there are still plenty of undecided voters out there, and feels the race is far from over.

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“I urge voters to look carefully at the candidates, look at whether the candidates are proposing viable, robust - as I do - bold solutions to the country’s big problems. And if the candidates are not proposing that stuff, I don’t think they deserve your vote.”

The winner on Sept. 9 will take on incumbent Democrat Jeanne Shaheen in November.

Saturday’s event was organized by the state chapter of the Concerned Veterans for America.

Brown did not attend.

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