Embattled state Sen. Jeff Woodburn claimed victory in a North Country Democratic Party primary that featured a strong write-in challenge.
The Whitefield incumbent faced a challenge from former Randoph School Board member Kathleen Kelley, who announced her effort after Woodburn’s arrest in August on several domestic violence-related charges.
“A month ago, I suspended my campaign to focus on clearing my name and protecting my family,” Woodburn wrote on Facebook shortly before midnight. “My friends in the North Country, who know me best, stood by me. Today, the people have spoken and I am grateful and humbled by their overwhelming support.”
No incumbents lost in primary challenges.
In other results:
• Jeanne Dietsch beat out Mark Fernald, the 2002 Democratic gubernatorial candidate, to run as a Democrat for the seat now held by Andy Sanborn of Bedford.
• The Republican candidate for Sanborn’s seat will be Dan Hynes, who defeated Terry Wolf.
• Former state Sen. David Boutin defeated Bill Kuch in the Republican primary for his old seat in northern Manchester wards and suburbs.
• Incumbent Republican Jeb Bradley defeated Steven Steiner for a seat that includes parts of the Lakes Region and Carroll County.
• Shannon Chandley defeated Roger Tilton in the Democratic primary for the seat that represents Nashua suburban towns such as Amherst and Milford.
• Democrat Melanie Levesque defeated rival Tom Falter for the district that includes western wards of Nashua, Hollis and Mascenic region towns. In the same district, incumbent Republican Kevin Avard defeated Richard Dowd.