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An Early-Bird Look At N.H.'s Midterm Races

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In mid-March, with the sap has hardly running, November seems a lifetime away. But in the political world, eight months goes by quickly, especially for those preparing for mid-term elections. Although the filing period isn’t until June, there’s already a solid list of Republicans hoping to face the three Democratic incumbents. In the 1st Congressional District, former Congressman Frank Guinta and former UNH business school Dean Dan Innis look to go against Carol Shea Porter. In Congressional District 2, state Rep. Marilinda Garcia and former state Senator Gary Lambert vie to face Ann McLane Kuster and in the U.S. Senate race, three Republicans are in, hoping to win the primary to face Senator Jeanne Shaheen…but in that contest looms a million dollar question…will the hype around Scott Brown’s candidacy become reality?


  • Josh Rogers – NHPR’s senior political reporter
  • Dante Scala - associate professor of political science at the University of New Hampshire. He's also a fellow at UNH's Carsey Institute.
  • Ben Tafoya – assistant professor of political science at New England College. He also directs the NEC Poll.
Laura is well known in New Hampshire for her in-depth coverage of important issues and is widely regarded for her interviews with presidential hopefuls. Laura is a graduate of Keene High School in New Hampshire. Prior to hosting The Exchange, Laura worked in public radio in Washington, D.C. as a local reporter and announcer for WAMU and as a newscaster for NPR. Before her radio career, she was a researcher for USA Today's "Money" section, and a research assistant at the Institute for International Economics. Laura occasionally guest hosts national programs such as The Diane Rehm Show and Here and Now. In 2007 Laura was named New Hampshire Broadcaster of the Year by the New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters.
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