N Hampshire, Rhode Island, Delaware hold primaries

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Associated Press

Posted on September 11, 2012 at 11:02 PM

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Voters in swing-state New Hampshire picked candidates for the first open gubernatorial seat in a decade Tuesday, while a bitter primary in Rhode Island's 1st Congressional District and less contentious contests in Delaware also drew voters to the polls.

In New Hampshire, Republican Ovide Lamontagne (OH'-vid lah-MAHN'-tang) and Democrat Maggie Hassan will face off to replace Gov. John Lynch, a Democrat who is retiring after four terms.

In Rhode Island's highest profile race, U.S. Rep. David Cicilline (sihs-ihl-EE'-nee) defeated businessman Anthony Gemma in the 1st Congressional District and will face Republican Brendan Doherty in November.

In Delaware, Democratic U.S. Sen. Tom Carper easily defeated his primary challenger. It was also an easy victory Republican Tom Kovach, who will take on U.S. Rep. John Carney in November.

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