Wednesday November 7, 2012

New Hampshire:

Democrat Hassan
wins governor’s race

CONCORD (AP) -- Former state Senate Majority Leader Maggie Hassan will keep New Hampshire governor’s seat in Democratic control after she beat Republican Ovide Lamon tagne, an opponent she said was too extreme for the state.

With Tuesday’s win, Hassan is in line to succeed John Lynch, the governor since 2005 who served four two-year terms and is retiring.

Hassan’s campaign stressed the need to repair damage done by the Republican Legis lature in its last budget, particularly by restoring deep cuts to public colleges and the state’s hospitals. She said the way to grow the economy is to invest in education so business has the workforce it needs.

Lamontagne had claimed Hassan was a tax-and-spend liberal who would grow
government.

Rhode Island:

Voters approve
casino question

PROVIDENCE (AP) -- Rhode Island voters have approved a plan to bring casino table games to the Twin River slot parlor in Lincoln.

The referendum was passing by a more than three-to-one margin both statewide and in the town of Lincoln as the final votes were counted Tuesday night.

Owners of the slot parlor say table games will help them compete with casinos authorized in Massachusetts.

The first table games could be operating by summer. Ex panded gambling is projected to raise $100 million for the state annually.

A second ballot question would authorize table games at the Newport Grand slot parlor. Casino referendums must be approved statewide and in their host communities to pass.

New Jersey:

U.S. Sen. Menendez
wins second term

TRENTON (AP) -- New Jersey voters are sending U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez back to Washington for another six-year term.

Menendez easily won re-election over Republican challenger Joe Kyrillos, who’s been a New Jersey legislator for 24 years.

The 58-year-old Menendez never trailed in public opinion polls, so the race didn’t generate much buzz.

The Hudson County Demo crat entered the race with obvious advantages over his lesser-known opponent.

Besides running with Presi dent Barack Obama at the top of the ticket, Menendez out-raised Kyrillos by nearly 3-to-1.

Kyrillos’ biggest weapon was GOP Gov. Chris Christie, who campaigned at diners and rallies with his longtime friend down the stretch.

Even the popular governor couldn’t overcome a 40-year trend of New Jersey residents electing only Democrats to the Senate.

New York:

Headaches reported
at some voting spots

NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City’s Board of Elections says some polling locations had problems implementing new procedures intended to make voting easier for people displaced by Hurricane Sandy.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an order Monday allowing people who fled their homes to vote at any poll site in the state using an affidavit ballot.

But city Board of Elections spokeswoman Valerie Vazquez says some polls ran out of the affidavits due to heavy demand Tuesday.

She says the city printed up only 250 of the affidavits per election district, and didn’t have time to order extras.

Vazquez says the board also didn’t have enough to educate poll workers about the change, which led to confusion.

Some government watchdog groups also reported complaints about long lines and broken voting machines.