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Dem Hassan, GOP's Lamontagne win NH gov primaries

CONCORD, N.H. — New Hampshires gubernatorial race in November could be decided by who voters believe will keep a decades-old Yankee pledge against income and sales taxes.

Democrat Maggie Hassan and Republican Ovide Lamontagne have taken the pledge. But Republicans have never let Democrats promises to keep GOP-created pledge stop them from warning voters those promises are false.

Andy Smith, director of the University of New Hampshire Survey Center, says taxes and the economy will be the top issues on voters minds. He says Lamontagne, a conservative Republican, will have an easier time persuading voters he will honor the promise.

At his victory party Tuesday night, Lamontagne hit on that theme, calling Hassan a liberal politician with a record of raising taxes.

Hassan painted Lamontagne as too conservative for New Hampshire.