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    Fate of State Official Raises Questions About NH Primary
    AP Photo/Holly Ramer, File
    In this Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 file photo, New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner, right, introduces one of the speakers at a meeting of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity in Manchester, N.H. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, center, and former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, left, also attend. The information coming out of President Donald Trump’s commission to investigate voter fraud has frustrated not only reporters and senators but now even members of the commission.

    The longtime protector of the New Hampshire presidential primary could get ousted by the Legislature this week despite concerns from his supporters that replacing him could jeopardize the state's coveted first-in-the-nation status.

    Lawmakers will decide on Wednesday whether to re-elect Secretary of State Bill Gardner, who has held the position for 42 years and is known for fiercely protecting New Hampshire's top spot on the primary calendar.

    Gardner's supporters argue that replacing him with former gubernatorial candidate Colin Van Ostern would politicize the office and could weaken the state's argument for staying first. Van Ostern counters that primary tradition is about more than any one person and that Gardner already has politicized the office by backing GOP legislation to tighten voter registration rules.

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