A ‘Rising Star’ to challenge Kuster?

Reports emanating from UnionLeader.com indicate that state Rep. Marilinda Garcia is notifying Granite State Republicans she’s likely to challenge Democratic Rep. Annie Kuster for Congress in the 2nd district.

At age 30, and having served as a state representative since 2006, she’s oft-regarded as a future for rockstar in the New Hampshire GOP, having been given a “Rising Star” award by the Republican National Committee this year.

“A GOP source says Garcia is about 90 percent ‘in,’ and said she is eyeing an announcement in early November,” wrote Union Leader’s John DiStaso.

Should she mount a challenge to Kuster, Garcia will first face former state Senator Gary Lambert in the Republican primary, with the seat considered a tossup next November.

Kuster has consistently sported lackluster polling numbers, with last week’s poll showing just 23 percent of district residents approve her job performance, compared to 28 percent unfavorable and 40 percent not knowing enough to form an opinion.

Lambert was virtually tied in a head-to-head, 34-33 percent.

Garcia currently serves on the Finance Committee in the state House, and sits on the executive board of Americans for Choice, a pro-immigration reform group founded by former NHGOP chair Fergus Cullen.

Author: Staff Reporter

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