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Kelly Ayotte Declared Winner Of NH Senate Republican Primary

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Ayotte, who got the all-important "Mama Grizzly" endorsement from Sarah Palin, lost a lot of ground recently following some primary in-fighting and questions about her conservative record while serving as Attorney General.

Lamontagne's conservative cred was not quite enough to overcome Ayotte's establishment backing, though she is heading into the general election somewhat weaker than she was a few months ago. The TPM Poll Average shows Ayotte beating Hodes 48.2%-38.0%, though some recent polls show Hodes gaining ground.

Full coverage of the race here.