Carly Fiorina wins key endorsement in New Hampshire

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MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Presidential candidate Carly Fiorina scored some good news in New Hampshire with a new addition to her team: Republican Ovide Lamontagne is signing on as a state chairman, her campaign confirms to NBC News.

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"In my opinion, Carly is the most conservative candidate who can win," he said in a statement. "She is a principled, passionate and positive conservative leader who can keep our nation secure and protected while jump starting our economy and preserving our freedoms and liberties."

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DAVENPORT, IA - SEPTEMBER 25: Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina addresses the Quad Cities New Ideas Forum at St. Ambrose University on September 25, 2015 in Davenport, Iowa. Fiorina is currently polling in second place behind Donald Trump for the Republican nomination. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
MYRTLE BEACH, SC - SEPTEMBER 22: Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina speaks to voters during a town hall meeting at the Ocean Reef Convention Center September 22, 2015 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Fiorina is a former Chief Executive Officer of Hewlett-Packard and currently chairs the non-profit philanthropic organization Good360. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
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GREENVILLE, SC - SEPTEMBER 18: Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina speaks to voters at the Heritage Action Presidential Candidate Forum September 18, 2015 in Greenville, South Carolina. Ten republican candidates were each given 25 minutes to talk to the crowd at the Bons Secours Wellness Arena in the upstate of South Carolina. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
Republican presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina looks on during the Republican presidential debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California on September 16, 2015. Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump stepped into a campaign hornet's nest as his rivals collectively turned their sights on the billionaire in the party's second debate of the 2016 presidential race. AFP PHOTO / FREDERIC J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
DERRY, NH - SEPTEMBER 6: Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina campaigns in New Hampshire over Labour Day weekend and meets with locals at MaryAnn's Diner on September 6, 2015 in Derry, New Hampshire. (Photos by Charles Ommanney/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
LITTLETON, NEW HAMPSHIRE - AUGUST 20: Carly Fiorina meets New Hampshire voters at a Spaghetti Dinner in the north country of Littleton, New Hampshire on Thursday, August 20, 2015. (Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
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Lamontagne has long been a big part of New Hampshire politics -- he first ran for governor in 1996, when he lost to Democrat Jeanne Shaheen, ran for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate in 2010, when he lost to Kelly Ayotte, and ran again for governor in 2012, when he lost to Democrat Maggie Hassan.

His wife Bettie has been supporting Fiorina's campaign since April. He has recently been working as a General Counsel at Americans United for Life.

"With Ovide leading our efforts in New Hampshire as State Chairman, we will continue to build momentum around the state," Fiorina said in a statement.

Fiorina, the former CEO of HP, is currently running in 8th place in New Hampshire polls, according to the latest Real Clear Politics Average. But she has spent a considerable amount of time in the state over the last year, making more stops than most of the other candidates according to a tally from NECN.

She returns on Monday for another 5-day campaign swing.

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