A source close to NH Gov. John Lynch says that he plans to appoint J. Bonnie Newman, a Republican, to fill Sen. Judd Gregg's soon-to-be vacated Senate seat. Newman is a former aide to Gregg, a Reagan administration official, and a self-described moderate Republican. It is expected that she won't run for re-election, which would open the seat up. Today, Rep. Paul Hodes (D) is expected to announce a 2010 Senate bid.
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