New Hampshire Makes History on Election Night
First all female Congressional Delegation elected, while Obama gets another shot in America.
New Hampshire made history on election night when voters elected Carol Shea-Porter and Anne McLane-Kuster to the U.S. House of Representatives over their incumbent opponents Frank Guinta and Charlie Bass, respectively.
Shea-Porter and Kuster will join U.S. Sens. Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen in the Congressional delegation, making it the first all-female delegation in history.
Maggie Hassan, D-Exeter, was also elected to succeed Gov. John Lynch, making her the second female governor in New Hampshire's history. Shaheen was the first. She beat Republican opponent Ovide Lamontagne, R-Manchester, in the race for New Hampshire's top elected position.
In Merrimack, six Republican State Reps. – Dick Barry, Dick Hinch, Jeanine Notter, Tony Pellegrino, Lenette Peterson, and Kathleen Stroud, retained their seats in Concord while one Republican newcomer, Phil Straight, was also elected. Democrat Brenda Grady was the only of eight candidates on the ticket to make it into the house. She ousted Republican Rep. Joe Thomas.
Merrimack took its first stab in about a decade on Tuesday at holding the election in a single polling location and in doing so also gained the title of largest polling location in the country. It came with mixed reaction from residents and election officials who found it to be a smooth transition and those who encountered a traffic and congestion headache. We'll have more on this later today.