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Kimball Faces Critical Vote On His Hold Of N.H. GOP 07:59

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With about five months to go until the New Hampshire primary, it's anyone's guess as to which candidate Republicans there will choose to face President Obama in next year's election. But Thursday, Republicans in the Granite State will hold a proxy vote of sorts on the future of the party.

The vote will most likely remove Jack Kimball, the chairman of the state's Republican Party, from office. Kimball won office back in January despite having relatively little experience in politics. What he did have was strong support from Tea Party activists who liked his anti-Washington message.

"We are in a war and we are going to win in," Kimball declared shortly after his victory. "We are going to pull ourselves from the brink. We are going after Democrats, the whole team."

But now, following months of complaints from establishment Republicans, Kimball could be on the way out. His opponents complain he has failed as a fundraiser and they point out that the New Hampshire GOP has lost two special elections in the state since he took over.


  • James Pindell, political director, WMUR

This program aired on August 31, 2011.