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Ex-GOP Official Sentenced for Election Tactic

From the Associated Press

A former Republican National Committee official was sentenced Wednesday to 10 months in prison for his role in the jamming of New Hampshire Democrats’ telephones on election day 2002.

James Tobin, the third person sent to prison in the case, was found guilty in December of harassment by telephone. Prosecutors had sought a two-year sentence.

Prosecutors said Tobin helped arrange more than 800 hang-up calls that jammed get-out-the-vote phone lines set up by the state Democratic Party and the Manchester firefighters union for about an hour. Republican John Sununu defeated then-Gov. Jeanne Shaheen for a Senate seat that day in what had been considered a cliffhanger.

Tobin, 45, of Bangor, Maine, apologized for his role.

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