Nashua Telegraph: Democrat Hodes happy as underdog

CONCORD – Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Paul Hodes said he likes playing the role of underdog, while Republican opponent Bill Binnie said a job-creating resume puts him head and shoulders above the GOP primary field.

The candidate who’s been running the longest – Hodes – and the newcomer who has spent the most money – Binnie – showed up a few hours apart at the Statehouse as the final week of candidate filing season began Monday.

It ends Friday at 5 p.m. Party leaders have until a week from Wednesday to fill any remaining vacancies on the Sept. 14 primary ballot.

There are four major Republican candidates and Hodes seeking the seat that senior U.S. Sen. Judd Gregg will retire from at the end of the year.

Recently resigned Securities Division Director Mark Connolly confirmed Friday that he was encouraged to mount a liberal challenge to Hodes in the Democratic primary.

Hodes, the two-term 2nd District congressman, said it doesn’t bother him that polls for months have shown him trailing Republican frontrunner Kelly Ayotte of Nashua and Binnie.

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