Lamontagne visits NRSC

Former New Hampshire GOP gubernatorial nominee Ovide Lamontagne visited Washington on Monday, meeting with the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC).

The meeting was described by a source as a courtesy meeting, at Lamontagne's request.

Lamontagne told The Hill in an e-mail that he is "serious" about running for Senate.

"I am serious about the 2010 Senate race, but I am still testing the waters, conducting some due diligence and awaiting the decision of former Sen. (John) Sununu (R) about his potential candidacy in 2010," Lamontagne said.

As the Republican nominee for governor in 1996, Lamontagne fell 57-40 to Democrat Jeanne Shaheen, who is now the Granite State's junior senator. He has not been at the top of the NRSC's list of potential candidates.

But Republicans have yet to land a major candidate in the race for the open seat left by retiring Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.). Rep. Paul Hodes (D-N.H.) is the frontrunner on the Democratic side.

-Aaron Blake