Final debate set for N.H. Republicans eyeing governor's nod

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MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - The candidates seeking the Republican nomination for governor are set for their final debate.

Walt Havenstein and Andrew Hemingway will square off in Friday night's debate on WMUR-TV.

Havenstein's a retired defense industry executive who has stressed his experience running large, complex organizations and managing multi-billion dollar budgets. Hemingway is a small-business entrepreneur who wants government to get out of the way of the private sector to stimulate job creation and economic growth.

The winner of Tuesday's primary faces Democratic first-term incumbent Gov. Maggie Hassan in November. Knocking off a first-term governor doesn't happen often in New Hampshire: Only twice since 1953 has a governor been ousted after just two years.


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