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September 09, 2008

Bradley gets rematch against Shea-Porter

Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-N.H.) will be facing a familiar opponent this November.

Former GOP congressman Jeb Bradley, who lost to Shea-Porter in one of the most surprising Congressional upsets in 2006, will now be getting a rematch.

With most precincts reporting, Bradley has defeated former state Health and Human Services Commissioner John Stephen, 50 to 47 percent in the Republican primary. Stephen ran as a conservative alternative to Bradley, but underperformed outside his base around Manchester.

This was the second time Stephen has lost to Bradley; he also narrowly lost to Bradley in the 2002 GOP primary.

In the neighboring Second District, Republicans nominated radio talk show host Jennifer Horn to challenge freshman Rep. Paul Hodes (D-N.H.)

Horn defeated state senator Bob Clegg by a six-point margin, 40 to 34 percent. But she begins the campaign against Hodes as an underdog, facing a significant financial disadvantage against the well-funded incumbent.