- Associated Press - Thursday, September 11, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Just over 19 percent of registered voters cast ballots in Tuesday’s primaries, according to Secretary of State Bill Gardner.

Gardner said the 121,881 Republican ballots cast was the third highest number of votes cast in a Republican primary. In contrast, only 43,556 ballots were cast in the Democratic primary, which featured almost no contested races at the top of the ticket. There were 2.8 Republican ballots cast for every Democratic ballot, and Gardner said that high of a ratio hasn’t been seen since 1962.

The secretary of state’s office is still confirming the totals, but unofficial results in one of the most high-profile races show Scott Brown getting 58,774 votes, or 49.8 percent, to win the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate, with second-place finisher Jim Rubens far behind with 27,109 votes, or 23 percent. Brown is challenging Democratic incumbent Jeanne Shaheen in November.

In the 1st Congressional District, Frank Guinta defeated Dan Innis 49 to 41 percent to win the Republican nomination and face Democratic incumbent Carol Shea-Porter. In the 2nd District GOP primary, Marilinda Garcia won 49 percent of the vote, with Gray Lambert finishing second with 27 percent. Garcia will face U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster.

Walt Havenstein won the GOP nomination for governor, defeating second-place finisher Andrew Hemingway 55 to 37 percent. He’s challenging Gov. Maggie Hassan in November.

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