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New Hampshire

November 6, 2012

BLUE HAMPSHIRE

From president to Congress, state goes Democratic

President Obama carried New Hampshire last night in winning re-election over Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

Obama defeated Romney 52 percent to 47 percent in unofficial results.

Obama will have more help from New Hampshire: two Democratic congressmen.

Voters elected Democrat Ann McLane Kuster over Republican incumbent Charles Bass in a rematch in the 2nd Congressional District. She led him 55 percent to 43 percent.

Former Congressman Carol Shea-Porter beat Republican incumbent Frank Guinta in the 1st Congressional District. Shea-Porter edged Guinta, 49 percent to 47 percent, in a rematch of their 2010 race.

The Kuster-Bass race was one of the most closely watched throughout the country for a sign of which party would claim victory in the election.

“The truth is, this campaign wasn’t about him and it wasn’t about me,” Kuster told supporters. “It was about you — the people of the 2nd District — and the kind of future we want for our families, for our state and for our country.”

Kuster said voters proved they were ready to put politics aside and do what’s right for the middle class, small businesses and families.

She made a point of thanking Republican and independent voters for helping her to victory.

She spoke to the need to get government working for the people.

“We all know that’s going to take common sense and compromise,” she said. “So, here’s my commitment to you: I will work with anybody, from any party, on any issue if I believe it’s in the best interest of our state.”

Voting capped a historic, extremely competitive campaign in New Hampshire that left races up and down the ballot in doubt.

So hard fought was the contest for every vote that one Romney supporter creatively plowed new political ground by placing a 32-inch television outside the Windham High School polling station that played a five-minute, anti-Obama video throughout the day.

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