Map of the Day: Ayotte-Lamontagne Map Mirrors McCain-Romney

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New Hampshire Republicans loved John McCain in 2000 when he was widely viewed as anti-Washington, and they liked him enough in 2008 when he was anything but a favorite. But in the 2010 Senate primary, Republicans chose what was widely viewed as the candidate preferred by Beltway Republicans. 


Interestingly, Kelly Ayotte's winning electoral map mirrored McCain's. 

Ayotte, who edged Ovide Lamontagne 38 percent to 37, won in the western and northern parts of the state, just like McCain did in 2000 and 2008. And Tea Party-favorite Lamontagne was most popular in the counties where Mitt Romney did best. 

So what do these results suggest? Maybe McCain really had become "establishment" by 2008, or maybe Ayotte is seen as the more measured candidate in tone. Maybe New Hampshire Republicans are just their own breed of fiercely independent people who defy explanation.
 
I think all of that could be true, but I also think that Romney clearly did better with the same Tea Party voters who want nothing to do with anything Washington.

09 15 2008 Republican Presidential New Hampshire Primary

** Hillsborough County was tied 35%-35% in 2008


09 15 2010 Republican Senate New Hampshire Primary
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Patrick Ottenhoff attends Georgetown McDonough School of Business in the Class of 2012. He previously served as a project manager in the Public Affairs Practice of New Media Strategies and was a staff writer for National Journal Group. Patrick has been writing The Electoral Map blog since 2007. As the name implies, the blog covers news and commentary at the intersection of politics and geography, but it also analyzes the stories, people, culture, sports, and food behind the maps and the votes. Patrick is a native Virginian and graduate of Union College in New York. You can follow The Electoral Map on Twitter and Facebook, and follow Patrick on YouTube.
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