Democrats hope that conservative Republicans unite to force Ayotte, seen as the likely GOP nominee and the favorite of the state party establishment, further to the right. Democrat Paul Hodes is running unopposed for his party's nomination. Ayotte is pro-life, pro-gun rights, against same-sex marriage; she endorsed Doug Hoffman in New York's 23rd Congressional district; she opposes cap-and-trade, the public option and the Democratic health care reform in general. When asked if she's a Jim DeMint Republican or a Susan Collins Republican (and clearly there's a right answer if you're looking to get elected in New Hampshire), Ayotte won't even answer, which is one suggestion that conservative Republicans are dominating the primary process in New Hampshire. Plastics magnate Bill Binnie is also considering a run for the GOP nomination.
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