The voters of New Hampshire have gotten a lot of press for their involvement in the presidential campaign this year. Their primary votes gave life to the John McCain and Hillary Clinton campaigns, and in the wee hours of this morning they gave a preliminary body-slam to McCain's general election hopes.
But the Granite State is a perpetual battleground for Congress as well! It wouldn't be a proper election day unless grumpy New Hampshirites dripped some of their nose icicles onto the makeup of the legislative branch.
In the Senate race, it's a rematch between 2002 rivals John Sununu (now the incumbent Republican senator) and Jeanne Shaheen (the former Democratic governor). Polls show Shaheen with a comfortable lead of 9%, mainly due to her shrewd decision to remain entirely silent during debates. Meanwhile, George W. Bush was willing to go to New Hampshire to campaign for the Republican, but the Secret Service vetoed that idea out of fear that Sununu might assault the president, in keeping with his strident Bush-bashing of late.
The big House race is in the state's 1st Congressional District, featuring a rematch between incumbent Democrat Carol Shea-Porter and the man she defeated in 2006, former Rep. Jeb Bradley. Shea-Porter is ahead by 5% in a recent poll, but Bradley has reignited his hopes by vowing that if elected he will allow his wife to be kidnapped, in the proud tradition of New Hampshire Republicans.
Polls in New Hampshire close in less than five hours!