Hassan Beats Ayotte In New Hampshire Senate Race

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Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte lost her seat to Gov. Maggie Hassan in a hard-fought election in the swing-state of New Hampshire.

Ayotte conceded to her opponent Wednesday afternoon, several hours after Hassan declared victory that morning. The final results were remarkably close, with Hassan winning around 700 more votes than her opponent. Hassan and Ayotte engaged in one of the most tightly contested and expensive senatorial races this year.

The race was particularly unique in that Ayotte and Hassan are both very popular in New Hampshire, which is known for its bipartisan politics. Ayotte’s bipartisan nature may have had a negative effect on her reelection campaign though, as she rescinded her support for fellow Republican, President-elect Donald Trump, in early October.

Ayotte led in most polls in early November, but Hassan pulled ahead by four points in a recent poll from WMUR/UNH completed Sunday.

Ayotte won her seat in 2010, running as a moderate Republican at a time when centrists were rare in both parties. She maintained a bipartisan voting record during her tenure, breaking from Republicans on some issues, particularly climate change.

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