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Gardner expects Dems will set midterm record Tuesday

New Hampshire Union Leader

September 08. 2018 8:53PM

Across the country, 2018 midterm primaries have seen incumbents knocked off by newcomers, record numbers of female winners, resurgent liberal turnout and Trump-backed Republicans beating establishment rivals.

Tuesday, New Hampshire voters will have their say in the primaries and there's no shortage of candidates - as you'll see in today's Election Guide sponsored by AARP.

Eleven Democrats are running in the 1st District to try to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Carol Shea Porter, D-N.H., while seven Republicans have lined up to get a shot at Democratic Rep. Annie Kuster, who seeks her fourth term representing the 2nd District.

Two Democrats also seek the party's nomination to challenge Gov. Chris Sununu.

Secretary of State Bill Gardner predicts 90,000 voters will take a Democratic ballot, which would be a record-setting turnout for Democrats in a midterm election.

The current record for a midterm is 69,965 in 2002 and the all-time record for Democratic turnout was 91,000 in 1992.

Meanwhile, Gardner says 90,000 Republicans will show up, which would be lower than the last four primaries when more than 100,000 took part in that primary.

"Historically, Democrats have had lower turnouts than Republicans in these midterms. It's my guess this one is going to run counter to that tradition," he said.

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