- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 8, 2016

The Latest on Election Day in New Hampshire (all times local):

5 p.m.

Republican incumbent Kelly Ayotte has conceded the U.S. Senate race in New Hampshire and called her opponent, Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan, to congratulate her.

The announcement comes hours after Hassan had claimed victory and the New Hampshire Secretary of State’s office confirmed the results.

In a statement, Ayotte thanked her supporters as well as her family. She called this a “critical time” for New Hampshire and our country. She also said that the voters had spoken and that it time “for all of us to come together” to get things done for residents of New Hampshire.

2 p.m.

The New Hampshire Secretary of State’s office released official results in the U.S. Senate race, putting Democrat Maggie Hassan ahead by 1,023 votes.

That puts the race in recount territory. Republican incumbent Kelly Ayotte hasn’t yet conceded, but Hassan has already declared victory.

The final results show two third party candidates taking a combined roughly 30,000 votes.


1:10 p.m.

If Democrat Maggie Hassan prevails in the U.S. Senate race, New Hampshire will have the nation’s first all-female, all-Democratic congressional delegation.

New Hampshire became the first state to elect an all-female congressional delegation in 2012. Republican U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta ended that distinction two years later, but he lost re-election Tuesday in the 1st Congressional District.

Democrat Carol Shea-Porter defeated Guinta, and Democratic Rep. Annie Kuster defeated Republican Jim Lawrence in the 2nd Congressional District.

The U.S. Senate race between Hassan and Republican incumbent Kelly Ayotte remained too close to call, though Hassan declared victory Wednesday morning.

New Hampshire already has Democratic U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen serving in Washington.



Republicans are poised to take back full control of the New Hampshire State House for the first time in a dozen years.

Chris Sununu is slated to be the next governor, while the GOP held its majority in the Senate. House Republicans also claimed victory, although not every race had been certified. Republicans last saw such a sweep in 2002. Sununu’s victory makes him only the second Republican to hold the governorship since 1996.

Republicans hadn’t laid out priorities as of Wednesday morning, but Sununu is expected to address reporters in the afternoon. Crafting the next two year state budget will top the agenda.

Republican House leaders say they’ll continue providing “thoughtful, pragmatic solutions” to the state’s challenges. Senate President Chuck Morse couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.


11:05 a.m.

Republican U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte isn’t conceding to her Democratic challenger, Gov. Maggie Hassan, in their closely-watched U.S. Senate race.

The Associated Press has not yet declared a winner in the race, though Hassan declared victory Wednesday morning.

Ayotte’s spokeswoman, Liz Johnson, says the campaign looks forward to the results being announced by the Secretary of State and ensuring that every vote is counted.


10:45 a.m.

Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan is declaring victory in her closely-watched U.S. Senate battle against Republican incumbent Kelly Ayotte.

The Associated Press has not yet declared a winner in the race.

Hassan is pledging to work with President elect Donald Trump “when it’s in the best interest of New Hampshire and the country.” And she promises to stand up to him when it’s not.

Ayotte’s campaign hasn’t yet commented on Hassan’s declaration of victory.


10:35 a.m.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster vows she will work across the aisle for all New Hampshire residents to address the opioid crisis, improve access to health care for veterans and help college students who are being crushed by debt.

Kuster was re-elected to a third term representing the 2nd Congressional District, which covers western and northern New Hampshire. She defeated Republican Jim Lawrence, a veteran and former state representative.

Kuster praised Lawrence for “a spirited debate” and running “an honorable campaign focused on the issues.”

Kuster says she will fight for more funding to combat the opioid crisis in the state and would also work to create jobs and grow the economy. She also says she will work to change the culture around sexual assault across the country.


9:30 a.m.

Democrat Carol Shea-Porter has won back her seat in Congress, defeating incumbent Republican Rep. Frank Guinta in their fourth consecutive matchup in New Hampshire.

The race was called early Wednesday.

The 63-year-old will represent the 1st Congressional District, which spans eastern New Hampshire. Shea-Porter served in the seat from 2006 to 2010 and from 2012 to 2014. Guinta won in 2010 and 2014.

Independent candidate Shawn O’Connor was unable to pull enough votes to make a significant difference. O’Connor ran as a liberal in the mold of Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Guinta was dogged throughout his campaign by a years-old campaign finance scandal. The Federal Election Commission ruled in 2015 that he accepted campaign contributions from his parents above the legal limit in the 2010 contest. He was a strong supporter of Donald Trump.


7:10 a.m.

New Hampshire Democratic gubernatorial candidate Colin Van Ostern says he’s disappointed in the results of the election, but he respects the will of the voters and wishes Republican winner Chris Sununu congratulations.

The race declaring Sununu New Hampshire’s next governor was called early Wednesday. Sununu will replace Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan, who ran for the U.S. Senate. That race, against incumbent Republican Kelly Ayotte, remains too close to call, as well as the presidential race between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton, although Trump received enough electoral votes nationally to win.

Van Ostern said he’s honored and humbled by the thousands of New Hampshire citizens who supported him.

Both Chris Sununu and Van Ostern worked together on the governor’s Executive Council.


2:40 a.m.

Republican Chris Sununu has defeated Democrat Colin Van Ostern to become New Hampshire’s next governor and the nation’s youngest at 42.

He will replace Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan, who ran for U.S. Senate. Sununu’s father, John H. Sununu, served as governor in the 1980s.

Both Chris Sununu and Van Ostern worked together on the governor’s Executive Council but spent much of the campaign criticizing each other’s day jobs.

Van Ostern argued that the Waterville Valley ski resort suffered under Sununu’s management, while Sununu said the few years Van Ostern spent working at Southern New Hampshire University and Stonyfield Yogurt hardly make him a business leader.

Sununu is two years younger than the current youngest governor, South Carolina’s Nikki Haley.

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