Democrats makes gains in NH County Races

By Grant Bosse on November 9, 2012
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(CONCORD) The political wave that helped Democrats take over the New Hampshire House and nearly flip the State Senate has also swept a number of Democrats to victory in county campaigns across New Hampshire. But those gains were smaller that the Legislative campaigns, leaving Republicans in control of more than 60% of county offices.

Following the 2010 Republican blowout left the GOP with 60 of the 80 seats, which include Sheriff, County Attorney, Treasurer, Registers of Deeds and Probate, and three Commissioners in each of New Hampshire’s ten counties. Democrats picked up 11 seats overall for a total of 31, while Republican held onto 49 offices. Several County Commission seats were not for re-election this year.

Democrats now control half of the state’s ten County Attorney offices, and broke the Republican monopoly on the Sheriffs’ post, picking up Cheshire County from retiring Republican Sheriff Richard Foote, a David Dubois winning in Strafford County to top a Democratic sweep. Republicans continue to hold every Rockingham County office.

In all, 28 seats were uncontested on the county slate, down from 29 in 2010. Republican Sue Castor won a write-in campaign for Cheshire County Register of Deeds when neither party fielded a candidate this year.

2012 NH County Election Results

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