Despite push from anti-gay NOM, John Lynch re-elected in NH

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"Democratic Governor John Lynch, the second governor to sign a freedom to marry law, on Tuesday won an historic fourth consecutive term as New Hampshire's governor, the AP reported.

"Lynch overcame an anti-incumbent, anti-Democrat sentiment to beat his Republican rival, John Stephen.

"Stephen was supported by high-profile Republicans, including Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty and Haley Barbour.

"The National Organization for Marriage (NOM), the nation's most vociferous opponent of marriage equality, also came to Stephen's aid.

"The group criticized Lynch for raising taxes and signing last year's marriage law in a $425,000 television and radio campaign titled He's Changed.

"The ad featured video footage of Lynch saying, 'I do not support marriage equality.'

“'Lynch signed the freedom to marry into law,' a male announcer says in the ad. 'And now he's raising thousands from out of state marriage activists.'

"The ad ends with the tag line: 'John Lynch has changed. But not for the better.'

"NOM, which earlier worked to repeal marriage equality laws in Maine and California, also spent $200,000 on a similarly themed ad buy in April. ..."

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