New Hampshire Republican Party chair Jennifer Horn has asked Republican candidates for governor, the U.S. House and Senate to sign a pledge that they would support the GOP ticket even if they lose the September primary.
Reaction to the pledge has added a dynamic to the U.S. Senate race especially. Among the candidates, Scott Brown says he will sign the pledge, Jim Rubens said he wasn't sure and Bob Smith hasn't given a response at all.
The House Republican Alliance released its annual scorecard this week, ranking each New Hampshire House member based on how strictly he or she adhered to the alliance’s position on issues ranging from taxation to health care.
Area Republican Reps. JR Hoell of Dunbarton and Carol McGuire of Epsom ranked in the top 10, supporting the party position on 118 selected bills 97.6 and 99 percent of the time, respectively. Other area lawmakers who ranked high on the list include Rep. Dan McGuire of Epsom, with a 98.3 percent rank, and Rep. Michael Sylvia of Belmont, who voted the platform 97.9 percent of the time.