In NH, Tea Party Candidate Leads For Senate GOP Nod : It's All Politics In New Hampshire, Tea Party candidate Ovide Lamontagne leads Kelly Ayotte for the Senate nomination over Sarah Palin's choice. But it was still early in the vote count.
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In NH, Tea Party Candidate Leads For Senate GOP Nod

Updated at 9:55 pm ET -- Ovide Lamontagne, the New Hampshire Republican with most of the Tea Party movement's backing, maintained a significant lead over Kelly Ayotte who had the backing on Sarah Palin.

According to the Associated Press, Lamontagne had 48 percent of the vote to Ayotte's 34 percent with 18 percent of the vote counted. Lamontagne is a lawyer as is Ayotte who is the state's attorney general.

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It's way too early to know who has won the Republican nomination for Senate in New Hampshire to vie for filling the seat being vacated by Sen. Judd Gregg. But the candidate with more Tea Party support, Ovide Lamontagne, has a 53 percent to 32 percent lead over Kelly Ayotte with less than five percent of the vote counted.

New Hampshire is a complicated situation. Sarah Palin threw her support behind Ayotte, the state's attorney general, who also is Gregg's choice.

Meanwhile, Lamontagne has the support of Sen. Jim Demint, the South Carolina Republican who has been the Tea Party's point man on Capitol Hill.