ROCHESTER - District 6 Senate incumbent James Gray cruised to an easy victory over Democrat challenger Chris Rice on Tuesday taking five of Rochester's six wards and running the table in Alton, New Durham, Farmington, Barnstead and Gilmanton.
Gray, a Republican, ended with 17,276 votes with 12,628 for Rice, who bested Gray by 29 votes in Ward 4.
Gray said today he was pleased with the outcome but had little to say about the race, which had its share of controversy over charges both candidates made against one another over campaign sign placements and personal remarks made about Gray by Rice's finance director Doug Lachance.
Gray said his first order of business when he returns to Concord will be to help lead a fight for a League of Women's Voters proposal urging the state to make it easier for voters to request a change of party or contact info on the voting rolls. They are hoping to implement an online portal, Gray said.
Gray said Rice had not yet called him to congratulate him or to acknowledge he had lost.
Meanwhile in Rochester's State Rep races it was Republican Thomas Kacynski over Democrat Peg Higgins, 2591-2449; Republican Sue Delemus upending Democrat Jerry Minihan 2876-2393, Democrat Donna Ellis over Republican Kalmen Barkin, 1206-1021, Republican Mac Kittredge over Democrat Anni DeVito 1451-1288, Democrat Chuck Grassie over Republican Jonathan Clement, 1324-1245, Republican Fenton Groen over Democrat Sandra Keans, 2945-2666, Republican Clifford Newton over Democrat Tom Ransom, 1492-1225, and Democrat Timothy Fontneau over Republican Harrison deBree, 1408-1398. Republican Aidan Ankarbert was unopposed in Ward 3.
Meanwhile, in the race for Strafford County Sheriff WMUR today is showing Democrat Mark Brave ahead of Republican Paul Callaghan 30,686-24,648, with 18 of 27 precincts counted. Rochester, with 100 percent of the vote in, had Callaghan ahead 9051-6862.