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Kelly Ayotte Loses Senate Seat to Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan

Kelly Ayotte Loses Senate Seat to Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan

New Hampshire Democratic Senate candidate, Gov. Maggie Hassan (left) is seen in Concord, N.H., Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, after speaking with supporters at the Statehouse. Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte (right) thanks supporters Wednesday morning, Nov. 9, 2016. (AP Photos/Jim Cole)

 

By    |   Thursday, 10 November 2016 12:52 PM

Kelly Ayotte conceded the race for her U.S. Senate seat to New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan Wednesday after Hassan was declared the winner by a razor-thin margin in the hotly contested race that gave a seat to the Democrats.

New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner confirmed Hassan's slim margin Wednesday afternoon, a "one-tenth of one percent" difference in the race, WBZ-TV reported. Hassan received 353,978 votes to Ayotte's 353,262 votes, according to The New York Times.

Independent candidate Aaron Day and Libertarian candidate Brian Chabot combined for 30,664 votes in the race, according to the Times.

"I just spoke with Gov. Hassan to congratulate her on her election to serve in the U.S. Senate," Ayotte said in the statement, according to CNN. "I wish Gov. Hassan, her husband Tom, and their children Ben and Meg the very best."

Ayotte, 48, tied herself to such conservative causes as defunding Planned Parenthood while in the Senate, but she struggled with her relationship with president-elect Donald Trump during the campaign.

In an example that highlighted her struggle with Trump, Ayotte answered a debate question saying she "absolutely" saw the billionaire businessman as a role mole, only to take the statement back afterward and say she would not vote for him, the Times reported.

Hassan, 58, the state's former majority leader, helped pass same-sex marriage in New Hampshire and tied herself to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, noted the Times.

It was one of only two Senate seats that flipped from Republican to Democrat in the election, according to CNN. Tammy Duckworth defeated incumbent Mark Kirk for his Illinois U.S. Senate seat on Tuesday.

Ayotte was first elected to the Senate in 2010, and served as New Hampshire's deputy attorney general before being named the state's first female attorney general in 2004, according to her website. She was first appointed attorney general by a Republican governor and was twice reappointed by a Democratic governor, the website noted.

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Kelly Ayotte conceded the race for her U.S. Senate seat to New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan Wednesday after Hassan was declared the winner by a razor-thin margin in the hotly contested race that gave a seat to the Democrats.
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