Republicans' chances of holding New Hampshire's 1st CD would have probably improved slightly had GOP Rep. Frank Guinta lost his primary last night. Last spring, GOP Sen. Kelly Ayotte and the Manchester Union-Leader called for his resignation after he admitted to the FEC that he took an illegal $355,000 campaign loan. Instead, Guinta put his political demise on hold, beating former BAE Systems executive Rich Ashooh 46 percent to 45 percent. Guinta's decision not to shy away from Donald Trump paid dividends in yesterday's primary: he won some of his biggest margins from the same towns where Trump performed best in February's presidential primary. But Ashooh ran a curiously weak campaign; he refused to invest significant personal resources in the race and never benefited from a well-funded Super PAC effort some expected. In the end, it was just enough for Guinta to squeak by. Now, in the longest-running rivalry in the country, Guinta faces a fourth straight race against former Democratic Rep. Carol Shea-Porter. Since initially winning the seat in 2006, Shea-Porter has won twice in 2008 and 2012 and
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