Jack Kimball Elected New Hampshire GOP Chair As Tea Party Triumphs

DERRY, N.H. — New Hampshire Republicans elected a tea party figure as their leader and rejected the establishment-backed candidate, a sign that activists in this early voting presidential state have embraced the anti-government message…

DERRY, N.H. — New Hampshire Republicans elected a tea party figure as their leader and rejected the establishment-backed candidate, a sign that activists in this early voting presidential state have embraced the anti-government message that helped them make major gains in November’s election.

Former gubernatorial candidate Jack Kimball edged businesswoman Juliana Bergeron in a race that pitted first-time voters against White House veterans. Kimball, who said he would “send Barack Obama packing” and elect a Republican governor in 2012, promised not to shy from a fight.

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