Portsmouth Election Results
Ward officials saw record turnout during Tuesday's general election and here's how Portsmouth voted.
|President and Vice President of the United States||Ward 1||Ward 2||Ward 3||Ward 4||Ward 5||Totals|
|Barack Obama and Joe Biden (Democrat)||1,783||2,169||1,631||1,393||1,852||8,829|
|Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan (Republican)||773||765||862||902||786||4,088|
|Gary Johnson and James P. Gray (Libertarian||31||38||21||24||30||144|
|Virgil Goode and James P. Clymer (Constitution||1||0||1||2||2||6|
|Governor||Ward 1||Ward 2||Ward 3||Ward 4||Ward 5||Totals|
|Maggie Hassan (Democrat)||1,790||2,183||1,664||1,434||1,880||8,951|
|Ovide Lamontagne (Republican)||670||643||721||764||675||3,473|
|John Babiarz (Libertarian||74||83||52||60||65||334|
|Congress, First District||Ward 1||Ward 2||Ward 3||Ward 4||Ward 5||Totals|
|Carol Shea-Porter (Democrat)||1,733||2,117||1,587||1,338||1,850||8,625|
|Frank Guinta (Republican)||684||672||748||811||681||3,596|
|Brendan Kelley (Libertarian||95||94||70||74||68||401|
|Executive Councilor||Ward 1||Ward 2||Ward 3||Ward 4||Ward 5||Totals|
|Bill Duncan (Democrat)||1,487||1,825||1,322||1,147||1,622||7,403|
|Christopher Sununu (Republican)||800||801||875||893||795||4,164|
|Michael J. Baldassarre (Libertarian)||92||118||77||76||85||448|
|State Senator, District 21||Ports||Durham||Lee||Madbury||Newfields||Newmarket||Newington||Totals|
|Martha Fuller Clark (Democrat)||8,849||4,514||1,690||711||531||3,193||252||15,226|
|Peter MacDonald (Republican)||3,454||1,819||696||399||471||1,570||265||8,674|
|State Representative, Rockingham District 25||Ward 1|
|Laura C. Pantelakos (Democrat)||1,682|
|James Reilley (Republican)||715|
|State Representative, Rockingham District 26||Ward 2|
|Mark A. Brighton (Republican)||677|
|Terie Norelli (Democrat)||2,039|
|State Representative, Rockingham District 27||Ward 3|
|Rebecca Emerson Brown (Democrat)||1,662|
|State Representative, Rockingham District 28||Ward 4|
|Maurice H. Foster (Republican)||800|
|Gerry Ward (Democrat)||1,303|
|State Representative, Rockingham District 29||Ward 5|
|Brian Wazlaw (Democrat)||1,709|
|Arthur Clough (Republican)||724|
|State Representative, Rockingham District 30 (floterial)||Ward 1||Ward 2||Ward 4||Ward 5||Totals|
|Jackie Cali-Pitts (Democrat)||1,596||1,951||1,239||1,671||6,457|
|Kevin J. Kervick (Republican)||710||703||804||711||2,928|
|State Representative, Rockingham District 31 (floterial)||Ward 3||North Hampton||Greenland||Newington||Totals|
|Robert Boyle (Republican)||660||1,312||999||269||3,240|
|Joe Scarlotto (Democrat)||1,602||1,455||1,202||236||4,495|
|Rockingham County Sheriff||Ward 1||Ward 2||Ward 3||Ward 4||Ward 5||Totals|
|Michael Downing (Republican)||690||682||674||725||686||3,457|
|John Clark (Democrat)||1,579||1,886||1,494||1,294||1,641||7,894|
|Rockingham County Attorney||Ward 1||Ward 2||Ward 3||Ward 4||Ward 5||Totals|
|Jim Reams (Republican)||681||682||757||824||762||3,706|
|Joe Plaia (Democrat)||1,463||1,773||1,292||1,061||1,507||7,096|
|Max Abramson (Libertarian)||130||162||107||124||92||615|
|Rockingham County Treasurer||Ward 1||Ward 2||Ward 3||Ward 4||Ward 5||Totals|
|Edward R. Buck (Republican)||800||705||713||772||729||3,719|
|David E. Ahearn (Democrat)||1,500||1,819||1,390||1,199||1,563||7,771|
|Rockingham County Register of Deeds||Ward 1||Ward 2||Ward 3||Ward 4||Ward 5||Totals|
|Cathy E. Stacey (Republican)||801||790||821||879||795||4086|
|Robert E. Padian (Democrat)||1,418||1,727||1,272||1,097||1,498||7,012|
|Rockingham County Register of Probate||Ward 1||Ward 2||Ward 3||Ward 4||Ward 5||Totals|
|Andrew E. Christie (Republican)||737||671||707||795||706||3,616|
|Debra E. Crapo (Democrat)||1,501||1,865||1,434||1,195||1,603||7,598|
|Ward 1||Ward 2||Ward 3||Ward 4||Ward 5||Totals|
|Questions 2||Ward 1||Ward 2||Ward 3||Ward 4||Ward 5||Totals|
|Question 3||Ward 1||Ward 2||Ward 3||Ward 4||Ward 5||Totals|
8:00 p.m.: Many of the city's five wards were still open to allow voters who had arrived before 8 p.m. to cast their ballots.
7:50 p.m.: Ward 1 at New Franklin School was one of the busiest wards so close to 8 p.m. There was a long line of voters that stretched from inside the gymnasium to the front door. Volunteers were giving them candy, brownies and other snacks.
Meanwhile, members of the Leftist Marching Band showed up and performed outside the polls. According to Ward 1 officials, 2,510 voters had cast ballots out of the ward's 2,970 registered voters for a nearly 90 percent turnout not including the dozens of absentee ballots that had yet to be entered into the voting machine.
7:30 p.m.: At Ward 5 at Little Harbour School, the high voter turnout is the same as it is at the city's other four wards. As of 7:30 p.m., ward officials say 2,267 of the ward's 3,300 registered voters cast ballots.
7:00 p.m.: Thanks to a final push of after work voters, Ward 4 saw 2,189 ballots cast, which means they are close to a 90 percent turnout with one hour to go.
3:00 p.m.: Smuttynose Brewing Co. spokesman JT Thompson said Portsmouth Brewery had to cancel its offer to give voters a free pint of beer on Election Day if they came in and wore an "I voted today" sticker. The reason is because giving voters free beer as a reward would have violated federal election law, according to Thompson.
2:00 p.m.: At Ward 2 at the North Parish Church House, Ward 2 Clerk Sue Denenberg said they had exceeded 50 percent voter turnout at 2:30 p.m. She said 1,550 of the ward's 2,970 registered voters had cast ballots. With 5 1/2 hours to go until the polls close, she said it is possible the ward could achieve 70 or 80 percent voter turnout, which would surpassed what they saw in the 2008 Presidential election.
"We're going to run out of 'I voted today' stickers and we may have to get some more ballots from City Hall," Denenberg said.
1:30 p.m.: At Ward 3 at the Robert J. Lister Academy, first-time voter Michele Adams received applause after she cast her ballot. Adams, 18, said she was thrilled that she could vote in such an important election.
"I've been waiting for a long time to vote and I think it is really important to vote, especially in this election because it is so close," Adams said.
According to Ward 3 Clerk Cathy Cosgrove, 1,234 of the ward's 3,000 registered voters had cast ballots. "It's been really busy today." she said. "I'm hoping we hit the 70 percent voter turnout that the state has predicted."
1:00 p.m.: At Ward 1 at New Franklin School, Ward 1 Clerk Joe Pantelakos said that 1,162 of the ward's 2,955 registered voters had cast ballots. He said that 200 people had voted in 30 minutes and 300 people had voted in 45 minutes when the polls first opened at 8 a.m.
Very few voters had any issues with the state's Voter ID law, but some voters like Dan Freund refused to present a photo ID to protest the new law. Freund said that if he is already a registered voter who lives in the city, he doesn't believe it is right for the state to require people to present a photo ID to prove who they are.
11:00 a.m.: Outside of Ward 5 at Little Harbour School, Portsmouth High Seniors Emma Booth and Lily McClure held Obama campaign signs. Both girls are 17 and too young to vote, but they were eager to be part of Election Day 2012.
"Neither of us are old enough to vote, but you got to get out and do what you can," said McClure.
inside, Ward 5 Moderator Nancy Grossman said the pace of voting was dizzying with a steady stream of voters filing into the school gymnasium. "We have had about 900, which is way ahead of schedule," she said.
One of those Portsmouth voters was John Anderson, an amputee who uses crutches to get around. "If you don't vote, you don't have a choice. There's no excuse not to vote," he said.
Valerie Fagin, the Ward 5 Selectperson who helped voters fill out an Voter ID affidavit if they forgot their photo identification, said she didn't see too many people who forgot their identification. Those who did were relieved to learn they could vote anyway instead of having to go back to their cars or homes to get their driver's licenses or other legal photo identification.
10:30 a.m.: At Ward 4 at Portsmouth High School, Acting Ward 4 Clerk Ruhul Sivaprasad said that 713 voters had cast ballots, which was way ahead of the pace set during the last September 11 primary and the New Hampshire Primary in January.
Bob Holt, a Portsmouth Republican voter, said he voted for Mitt Romney. "I don't like the way the country is going."
When asked if he thinks Romney has a chance to win today, Holt replied, "I think he has a chance."
Stephanie Lazenby and her daughter Sophie, 9, submitted her mom's ballot. Lazenby wore a "Mama for Obama" T-shirt that she and a friend made during President Obama's campaign event at Strawbery Banke Museum in September.
Sophie said she loved going in the voting booth with her mom to witness firsthand what it is like to vote. "I think it was exciting," she said.
10:00 a.m.: Ward officials in Portsmouth reported long lines of voters before the polls opened at 8 a.m. at Little Harbour School, New Franklin School and Portsmouth High School. Overall, they said the process went smoothly and very few voters forgot to bring their photo identification needed to comply with New Hampshire's Voter ID law.
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