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Negron to face Kuster in congress district 2 race

  • Congressional District 2 candidate Steve Negron supporter Dave DeWitt, left, strikes up a conversation with Jeanne Dietsch supporter Sharon Dowling, of Hancock, outside the Dublin polls on election day. Staff photo by Tim Goodwin—

  • William Mckay campaigns for Republican congressional candidate Robert Burns outside the Wilton town hall on Tuesday. Sept. 11, 2018 Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 5:7PM

Steven Negron has emerged from a crowded field of candidates in the race to represent the Republican side of the ballot for the state’s second congressional district.

Negron on Wednesday had 11,166 votes with 99 percent of precincts reporting, edging out Stewart Levenson (10,858 votes) and Lynne Blankenbeker (9,836 votes) to become the Republican nominee. None of the other four Republican candidates who ran – Robert Burns, Brian Belanger, Jay Mercer, and Gerard Beloin – received more than 7,000 votes.

Negron will now face incumbent Democrat Annie Kuster and Libertarian candidate Justin O’Donnell – who defeated Tom Alciere with 75 percent of the vote – in November.

“I think Steve’s going to do a great job,” said Dublin resident Dave DeWitt. “I’ve always been impressed with how professional he is.”

DeWitt was outside the polls showing support for Negron. DeWitt campaigned, despite the less than ideal weather, because of the need to have a candidate who can overtake Kuster in November.

“I haven’t been real happy with Ann Kuster’s Congressional leadership,” Dewitt said.

Laurie Williams of New Ipswich said she was casting her vote for Negron because she wanted a candidate who was pro Second Amendment rights.

Burns, who received the fourth most votes with 6,811, received strong support in some towns, including Wilton.

“I feel that he is behind our constitutional values,” Wilton resident Scott Dowling said.

Fellow Wilton resident William McKay was holding signs for Burns, saying the candidate echoed his sentiments on being pro Second Amendment rights, pro border security, and pro tax cuts.

“If I don’t stand up for what I believe in, it’s not worth standing up for,” McKay said.

Despite there being no competition in the Democratic primary, some still went out on primary day to support Kuster, who has served three terms.

“Kuster’s going to clean the clock of whoever they pick,” Jaffrey resident Kevin Hampsey said.