DerryNews.com, Derry, New Hampshire

September 13, 2012

Londonderry advances all GOP House incumbents to November ballot

Voter turnout steady

By James Niedzinskijniedzinski@derrynews.com
Derry News

---- — LONDONDERRY — GOP House District 5 candidates Roger Fillio, Karen Keegan-Hutchinson and James Marron didn’t make the cut for the November ballot, according to preliminary results from primary voting Tuesday.

The three trailed the 10-candidate GOP pack, with the seven top vote-getters advancing to the general election ballot.

Incumbent Rep. Al Baldasaro got the most votes with 1,627. He was followed by: David Lundgren, 1,467; Robert Introne, 1,376; Sherman Packard, 1,278; Daniel Tamburello, 1,103; Betsy McKinney, 949; and Frank Emiro, 830.

The town has nearly 15,000 registered voters and 22 percent voted Tuesday.

But it was the GOP gubernatorial primary that brought most voters to the poll, according to some unofficial exit polling.

Of those casting ballots, 2,269 voted Republican, 1,099 voted Democratic.

Kevin Smith, who conceded relatively early in the evening to Ovide Lamontagne for the GOP gubernatorial nomination was the winner in Londonderry, taking 1,170 votes to Lamontagne’s 1,027.

“The main reason I came out today was to vote for Ovide,” Edward Gorman said.

On the Democratic side, where the gubernatorial primary was expected to be close statewide, eventual nominee Maggie Hassan received 760 votes to Jackie Cilley’s 209. Cilley conceded to Hassan at about 10 p.m.

The new Voter Identification Law takes effect in November, but poll workers asked voters to show a photo ID at the polls Tuesday, preparing them for what’s ahead in the general election.

Voters interviewed were split over the issue.

“I was offended when they asked to see my license,” Tom Cooper said. “After nearly 50 years of voting, all of a sudden it’s as if they don’t trust me, as if I would wear a disguise.”

However, other voters said they believe the law is a necessary precaution.

Andrea Runkle handed poll officials her driver’s license without being asked.

“Why wouldn’t they ask for a photo ID? It makes perfect sense,” Luanne Donnelly said. “It’s important to show you are an eligible voter and resident. I would have shown it twice if they asked me.”

Fifty-nine new voters registered Tuesday.