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Ovide Lamontagne, the 2012 Republican gubernatorial nominee and 2010 U.S. Senate candidate, is joining Carly Fiorina's bid for the GOP presidential nomination as chairman of her New Hampshire campaign. (UNION LEADER FILE))

Ovide Lamontagne to chair Fiorina campaign in NH

MANCHESTER - Manchester attorney and prominent Republican Ovide Lamontagne is joining Carly Fiorina's presidential bid as chairman of her New Hampshire campaign.

Lamontagne told the New Hampshire Sunday News on Saturday that he has accepted the offer to oversee Fiorina's Granite State campaign for the final push before the New Hampshire Primary on Feb. 9.

“I believe she is the most conservative candidate who can win,” said Lamontagne, the Republican nominee in the 2012 gubernatorial race and a candidate for U.S. Senate in 2010. “She is a principled, passionate and positive conservative leader who can keep our nation secure and protected while jump starting our economy and preserving our freedoms and liberties.”

Lamontagne said a formal announcement from the Fiorina campaign was expected later Saturday.

Lamontagne recently returned to New Hampshire and started a new post with the Bernstein Shur law firm's Manchester office in the Mill Yard. He spent the previous two years working for Americans United for Life, a pro-life organization, in Washington, D.C.

Lamontagne is joining his wife, Bettie, on Fiorina's New Hampshire staff. Bettie Lamontagne has been co-chair of Fiorina's New Hampshire campaign since the spring and will continue in that role, her husband said.

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