TAMPA, Fla. — New Hampshire GOP Chairman Wayne MacDonald expressed optimism on Monday about the prospects for his party's candidates in the 2012 elections, but he did not rule out a fall scenario in which one of the state's two Republican Members does not return to Congress next year.
MacDonald had high praise for New Hampshire's two Republican Congressmen, Reps. Charles Bass and Frank Guinta, but he conceded that the two men are running in a tough political environment. MacDonald said their hard work in the area of constituent service would give them an edge this fall.
"They're human beings. They're not laying claim to sainthood," he said. "They're not laying claim to having all the answers, but they do work hard. They represent New Hampshire well."
In recent decades, New Hampshire's two House seats have been controlled by the same party. But MacDonald was candid in discussing what could happen on Nov. 6.
"Splits are possible, sure," MacDonald said, citing history. "We don't expect that to happen, we expect both Congressmen to win, but it has happened that there's been a Democratic in one district and a Republican in another."
"They are different districts and every election is different," he added.
MacDonald also noted that New Hampshire is home to a budding political star — freshman Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R).
"We're very proud of her and we're delighted that she was given as much attention as she was for vice president," MacDonald said.
As for the race for the Granite State's four electoral votes, MacDonald said that the environment is much better for presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney than it was for Sen. John McCain in 2008.