In N.H.'s 2nd Congressional District, GOP Voters Eye Electability Vs. Kuster

Aug 17, 2018

Five candidates for the GOP nomination in N.H.'s 2nd Congressional District participated in a debate sponsored by their party Thursday in Concord.
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  Republican voters got a chance Thursday to hear from five candidates running for New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District seat.

The winner of the primary will face off against incumbent Democrat Ann McLane Kuster. At a GOP-sponsored event in Concord, the candidates mostly agreed in their support of President Trump and on issues of gun rights, immigration, and climate change.

For Steven Goddu of Salem, the candidates’ policy consensus means he’ll make a decision based on personality:

“To me, it’s about style, the strength of their campaign, and their ability to beat Annie Kuster,” Goddu said.

Goddu left the debate impressed with most candidates, but still undecided.

The primary is Sept. 11. The five candidates participating in the debate were Brian Belanger, Lynne Blankenbeker, Bob Burns, Stewart Levenson, and Steve Negron.