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0000017a-15d9-d736-a57f-17ff8cfb0000NHPR's coverage of the 2014 midterm elections, local and national primaries. Click here for voter resources and mapsClick here for the schedule of debates in the congressional, US Senate, and gubernatorial races. (Oct. 20-23)Click here to hear all eight of our Rudman Center Conversations with the Candidates.Click here to hear our All Things Considered conversations with primary candidates in races for U.S. House, U.S. Senate and Governor.Primary 2014 Results:State-Level Results | Town-Level ResultsMeet the CandidatesGovernor: Maggie Hassan* | Walt HavensteinU.S. Senate: Scott Brown | Jeanne Shaheen*U.S. House, 1st District: Frank Guinta | Carol Shea-Porter*U.S. House, 2nd District: Marilinda Garcia | Ann McLane Kuster*[*Denotes incumbent]NHPR's Election 2014 coverage is sponsored in part by Altus Investment Group, Bergeron Technical Services, Goff Wilson, and Rath Young Pignatelli.

Frank Guinta Takes Congressional District 1

Sara Plourde

  First district Republican Frank Guinta came out on top yesterday in his third matchup with incumbent Democrat, Carol Shea-Porter. NHPR’s Emily Corwin reports Guinta edged Shea-Porter by 3 points.

After her defeat Carol Shea-Porter was unexpectedly upbeat, saying “I love election day! And I love  the people that I got to see, I’m proud of the constituent services we did, I’m proud of the work we did in the office in Congress, but I love the campaign side too!” 

Credit Zach Nugent / NHPR
Carol Shea-Porter spoke with reporters after conceding the race.

  Shea-Porter reminded reporters that Republicans had represented the district for more than 20 years before her upset win in 2006.  Shea-Porter won reelection in 2008, another good year for Democrats, and was tossed by voters in 2010, a big GOP year. In 2012 she was back, and this year, she says, “it’s a Republican year! The Republicans are doing very well across the country.”

Republicans were motivated this year, but Guinta said his win didn’t come easily.  

Well look this was a lot of hard work by a lotta people. I think we were right on the issues and we never gave up.

Guinta was the lone republican victor in the top of the ticket state races. He promised supporters he’ll fight for opportunity for all, saying “I want to make sure that everyone in our state and our country feels that they have the ability to succeed in life.”

It is not impossible that Guinta and Shea-Porter could meet again in the 2016. Last night, Shea-Porter wouldn’t say if she’d consider taking on Guinta for the 4th time. But she did say voters would try on Republican leadership, then “review us all again in two years.”

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