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November 07. 2012 1:34AM

Shea-Porter declares victory in 1st CD, completes historic night


Newly elected Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter makes her victory speech at the Portsmouth Country Club in Greenland shortly after 1 a.m. on Wednesday morning. (Gretyl Macalaster/Union Leader Correspondent)

GREENLAND - Bounced out of the First Congressional District seat two years ago, Democrat Carol Shea-Porter will return, after defeating Republican incumbent Frank Guinta in a race whose outcome was not known until the early morning hours today.

Shea-Porter declared victory early after final returns came in for Manchester, which showed her beating Guinta in his own neighborhood -- Ward 1 -- by 248 votes.

Shortly after 1 a.m., CNN announced that Shea-Porter had beat Guinta, prompting cheers at her victory party at the Portsmouth Country Club.

“We knew the numbers were very good but we were very cautious,” Shea-Porter said. “When CNN called it, we felt very confident.”

In brief remarks, Shea-Porter thanked her supporters and said she was ready to get to work.

At 3 a.m., the Guinta campaign released a statement conceding defeat and congratulating Shea-Porter.

“I called Carol Shea-Porter early this morning. We had a great conversation as I pledged to her my commitment to transition the congressional office with integrity and respect,” the statement read. “What’s important in these races is the future of New Hampshire. I am committed to continuing my support of our constituents and a collaborative vision for a stronger America."

Emotions were up and down on Tuesday night as results rolled in from around the state. Both candidates held the lead throughout the night with a very tight margin between them.
Shea-Porter defeated Guinta in Manchester, the city he had led for four years as mayor, 24,034 to 19,896.

Shea-Porter’s reelection and the election of Ann Kuster in District 2 means all four members of the state’s Congressional delegation, and the state’s governor, will be women for the first time in history.

Having been the first woman sent to Washington, D.C., from New Hampshire in 2006, Shea-Porter said she was happy to make history again.

She said she is committed to protecting Medicare and Social Security and will work for a comprehensive jobs bill when she gets back to Washington.

New Hampshire Union Leader reporter Mark Hayward contributed to this article.


Earlier story follows:

GREENLAND - Shortly after 1 a.m., cheers erupted at the Portsmouth Country Club as CNN announced that Carol Shea-Porter had beat out incumbent Frank Guinta in the race for Congressional District 1.

Shea-Porter thanked her supporters in a short speech and said she was ready to get to work.

She said she had not yet spoken with Guinta.

“We knew the numbers were very good but we were very cautious,” Shea-Porter said. “When CNN called it, we felt very confident.”

Emotions were up and down on Tuesday night as results rolled in from around the state. Both candidates held the lead throughout the night with a very tight margin between them.

When unofficial, final numbers for all 12 wards were released in Manchester early Wednesday morning, Shea-Porter beat Guinta in his own backyard, 24,034 to 19,896. In Ward 1, the city's largest and Republican-leaning ward, Shea-Porter beat the Congressman by 248 votes, 2,665 to 2,417.

Shea-Porter's re-election and the election of Ann Kuster in District 2 means all four members of the state's Congressional delegation, and the state's Governor, will be women for the first time in history.

Having been the first woman sent to Washington, D.C. from New Hampshire in 2006, Shea-Porter said she was happy to make history again.

She said she is committed to protecting Medicare and Social Security and will work for a comprehensive jobs bill when she gets back to Washington.

NH 1st Congressional District voting results


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