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Kelly Ayotte Loses Incredibly Close US Senate Race in NH

Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan declared winner
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 9, 2016 2:11 PM CST

(Newser) – It's too little, too late to take control of the US Senate, but Democrats have officially picked up another seat in "one of the year's most closely watched and evenly matched races," the New York Times reports. According to CBS Boston, Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan was declared the winner over incumbent Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte on Wednesday in New Hampshire. Hassan won by just over 1,000 votes, and Ayotte has until Monday to ask for a recount. The race between two "well-known, well-liked" candidates was not only extremely close but incredibly expensive: $100 million was spent on the race in total. Ayotte pitched herself as an independent Republican willing to stand against party leadership. Hassan countered by pointing to Ayotte's waffling Trump support. (Read more Election 2016 stories.)

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