Bill Gardner Hangs On As N.H. Secretary Of State By Slimmest Of Margins
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Bill Gardner, the longest serving secretary of state in the nation, was elected to his 22nd term today, besting challenger Colin Van Ostern by just four votes.
The result came at the end of tumultuous, often confusing, day in the State House. A first round of voting yielded no clear winner; of 416 votes that lawmakers cast, Gardner got one more than Van Ostern – 208 to 207 – but he fell one vote short of the necessary majority.