CONCORD, N.H.—Preliminary results from exit polls for The Associated Press show Democratic Gov. John Lynch won an unprecedented fourth term with help from independents and Republicans in New Hampshire, though he's lost ground among both groups since his 2008 landslide victory.
In his defeat Tuesday of Republican John Stephen, Lynch was backed by nine out of 10 Democrats, roughly half the independents and just under a fifth of the Republicans. Compared with two years ago, his biggest drop was among the independent or undeclared voters who outnumber those registered with either party.
Stephen drew some of his strongest support from tea party supporters and those who said their family's financial situation had worsened since 2008. Men were split between the two candidates, while women favored Lynch.
Methodology details: http://surveys.ap.org/exitpolls/