The Washington Post's The Fix blog:
After three unsuccessful bids for office, the stars appeared to be aligning for Republican businessman Ovide Lamontagne to win the New Hampshire governorship in 2012.
He declared his gubernatorial bid back in September, just a few days before Gov. John Lynch (D) announced he would retire, a decision that reset the political calculus in the state. And, since Lamontagne lost a primary to Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R) in 2010, he has emerged as something of a conservative kingmaker in the Granite State.
But that coronation has hit a bump in the road of late. Kevin Smith, the former executive director of the conservative advocacy group Cornerstone, announced his campaign last week and there are whispers that popular Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas will also get in the race.