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GOP gubernatorial debate, July 11, 2012The two candidates running for the Republican gubernatorial nomination squared off in a debate Wednesday night, fielding questions on a range of topics from federal health care to attracting business to the Granite State.

Candidate Kevin Smith, center, gives his opening statement as fellow candidate Ovide Lamontagne, right, listens during a Republican Gubernatorial Debate sponsored by Granite State Institute of Politics at The Radisson Hotel in Manchester Wednesday evening. (Mark Bolton/Union Leader)
Audience members hold up signs before the start of a debate between Ovide Lamontagne and Kevin Smith in a Republican Gubernatorial Debate sponsored by Granite State Institute of Politics at The Radisson Hotel in Manchester Wednesday evening. (Mark Bolton/Union Leader)
Candidate Ovide Lamontagne, standing, answers a question as fellow candidate Kevin Smith, right, listens during a Republican Gubernatorial Debate sponsored by Granite State Institute of Politics at The Radisson Hotel in Manchester Wednesday evening. (Mark Bolton/Union Leader)
Candidate Kevin Smith, left, answers a question as fellow candidate Ovide Lamontagne, right, listens during a Republican Gubernatorial Debate sponsored by Granite State Institute of Politics at The Radisson Hotel in Manchester Wednesday evening. (Mark Bolton/Union Leader)
Candidate Ovide Lamontagne, front, answers a question as fellow candidate Kevin Smith, right, listens during a Republican Gubernatorial Debate sponsored by Granite State Institute of Politics at The Radisson Hotel in Manchester Wednesday evening. (Mark Bolton/Union Leader)
Candidates Kevin Smith, left, and Ovide Lamontagne, greet each other before the start of a Republican Gubernatorial Debate sponsored by Granite State Institute of Politics at The Radisson Hotel in Manchester Wednesday evening. (Mark Bolton/Union Leader)
Candidate Kevin Smith, left, answers a question as fellow candidate Ovide Lamontagne listens during a Republican Gubernatorial Debate sponsored by Granite State Institute of Politics at The Radisson Hotel in Manchester Wednesday evening. (Mark Bolton/Union Leader)