Editorial: Libertarians play spoiler in two big races

Democrat Carol Shea-Porter won back her former seat by defeating Republican Congressman Frank Guinta. The margin was not quite as close as in the Tierney-Tisei race — Shea-Porter had 49 percent, and Guinta had 46 percent. Once again, it was the fringe candidate who made the difference. Seabrook’s Brendan Kelly, a Libertarian, grabbed the remaining 5 percent of votes, a margin that likely would have pushed Guinta over the top had those votes fallen to him.


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