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N.H. Gov. Picks Republican For Senate

Democratic Gov. John Lynch has introduced his pick to replace Sen. Judd Gregg in the U.S. Senate - businesswoman and former government official Bonnie Newman.

Newman is a Republican, but Lynch confirmed that she has agreed to serve only the remaining two years of Gregg's six-year Senate term. Gregg's departure should make the seat more competitive next year for Democrats.

President Barack Obama nominated Gregg Tuesday morning to be his commerce secretary. Gregg had indicated he would take it only if the balance of power in the Senate didn't change. Having Newman replace him would fulfill that condition.

This program aired on February 3, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.

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