Democrat Cavanaugh beats ex-GOP Sen. Boutin to claim Dist. 16 seatBy KEVIN LANDRIGAN
New Hampshire Union Leader
July 25. 2017 8:52PM
MANCHESTER — Manchester Democratic Alderman Kevin Cavanaugh won an impressive victory over former, Republican State Sen. David Boutin of Hooksett to keep the District 16 Senate seat in Democratic hands.
Cavanaugh, 51, took this special election to replace Manchester Democrat Scott McGilvray who died suddenly last March.
The unofficial total was 4,746 for Cavanaugh (54.7 percent) to 3,814 for Boutin (44 percent) and 109 (1.3 percent) for Libertarian Party nominee Jason Dubrow of Dunbarton.
An assistant business manager with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Cavanaugh, 51, had strong union backing and the endorsement from McGilvray’s widow.
He rolled up big victories in the three Manchester wards in this district with more than 61 percent of the vote and Bow added another 312 votes to his lead over Boutin.
Boutin pulled out wins in Candia (by 119), Hooksett (by 162) and Dunbarton (by 19) but the margins weren’t nearly enough to close the gap.
Observers from both sides privately reported Cavanaugh’s get-out-the-vote operation was excellent though the New Hampshire Republican State Committee had made its own major investment spending $61,000 on paid media attacking Cavanaugh.
Most of the state GOP money came from the Senate Majority PAC that President Chuck Morse, R-Salem, controls.
Cavanaugh raised an impressive $107,000 war chest for the job that pays $100 a year.
The district includes Manchester Wards 1, 2 and 12 along with the towns of Hooksett, Bow, Candia and Dunbarton.
Democratic Chairman Raymond Buckley called Cavanaugh’s double digit-win a “stunning repudiation of the reckless, Trump-Sununu agenda.”
Boutin, 64, first won this seat in a special election in 2009.
In 2016, Boutin voluntarily left this seat he had held for seven years to help care for his daughter who was pregnant at the time.
When the seat opened back up, Boutin said his family along with many prominent Republicans encouraged him to try and get it back.
During the campaign, Cavanaugh emphasized public education and especially full-day public kindergarten.