Testerman drops out of U.S. Senate race, backs Smith for N.H.

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Conservative activist Karen Testerman says she's dropping out of the U.S. Senate race in New Hampshire after much prayer and consultation, and is endorsing former Sen. Bob Smith.

Testerman made her announcement Friday with Smith, the last day candidates competing in the September primary could sign to get on the ballot in New Hampshire.

Testerman said she has observed elections where candidates who fully embrace the principles of the Republican Party split the conservative vote. She said she's stepping aside to allow Smith to be the only conservative name on the primary ballot.

Other contenders in the Republican field include former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown and former state Sen. Jim Rubens.

The winner of the primary will face Democrat U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, who is seeking her second term.


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