Ex-Rep. Bass wins primary for old job

New Hampshire Republican Charlie Bass is one step closer to getting his old job back.

The former congressman, who lost to now-Rep. Paul Hodes (D-N.H.) in 2006, defeated broadcaster Jennifer Horn (R) and Bob Giuda, a former state lawmaker, in Tuesday’s 2nd district primary.

Bass had 42 percent of the vote to 35 for Horn and 18 for Giuda. With 142 of 188 precincts reporting, The Associated Press declared him the winner.

Hodes is running for the Senate, and his Democratic-leaning district is seen as a possible pickup for Republicans.

Bass and Horn clashed over support for congressional term limits, while Giuda, the party's 2008 nominee, touted his experience.

Tea Party support was also an issue in this race.

When he kicked off his campaign in February, Bass proclaimed his affection for the conservative Tea Party. "I love them," he told reporters. "God bless every single one of them. Their agenda is exactly the same as mine."

But Horn attacked Bass relentlessly for tacitly endorsing congressional spending increases during his six terms in office.

"I really think he's kidding himself," Horn said about Bass’s embrace of the Tea Party. "The Tea Party is looking for a return to limited spending, limited government. Charlie stood for and voted for exactly the opposite of that throughout his tenure in Congress."

Ultimately, she raised less than $200,000 for her campaign. Bass, on the other hand, pulled in more than $530,000.

Bass faces Democrat Ann McLane Kuster in November.