New Hampshire electoral votes
|Winner: Jeanne ShaheenJeanne Shaheen||Dem.||358, 947||51.7%|
|John E. Sununu||Rep.||314, 412||45.3||Incumbent|
|Ken Blevens||Lib||21, 240||3.1|
|Winner: John LynchJohn Lynch||Dem.||477, 254||69.8%|
|Joe Kenney||Rep.||190, 590||27.9|
|Susan Newell||Lib||16, 041||2.3|
House of RepresentativesHouse of Representatives
A six-year grudge match played out in the Granite State as Jeanne Shaheen, a former Democratic governor, defeated the Republican incumbent, John E. Sununu, in the race for the Senate.
In general, New Hampshire’s electoral results contained good news for Democrats.
The state re-elected two Democrats to the House, including Carol Shea-Porter, who again defeated Jeb Bradley. Mr. Bradley was a two-term Republican congressman when Ms. Shea-Porter unseated him in 2006; she held her own in a challenge this fall.
The Democratic governor, John Lynch, won re-election decisively. Democrats also retained control over both houses of the legislature.
In 2002, Mr. Sununu narrowly defeated Ms. Shaheen in a contest for the seat. This year, Mr. Sununu, 44, had been considered vulnerable. Ms. Shaheen, who is 61 and served three terms as governor, ran a cautious campaign that linked Mr. Sununu to President Bush. In a state that is increasingly Democratic and gave 55 percent of its votes in the presidential election to Senator Barack Obama, the argument was a powerful one.
Senator John McCain, however, had strong ties to the state’s Republicans, who resuscitated his campaign this year when he won the presidential primary. Mr. McCain made a nostalgic, final-hour swing through the state last weekend.
Ms. Shaheen was able to capitalize on the unpopularity of the Bush administration in mounting her attack. Having served as the state’s first female governor, she will now become the state’s first female United States senator. JOHN SCHWARTZ
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How many electoral votes is New Hampshire?
New Hampshire has four electoral votes. It is usually a swing state. !