2018 State Senate

NHPR reports on the 2018 campaigns in the swing districts that could sway the balance of power in the N.H. Senate.

Allegra Boverman for NHPR

Tuesday's election results handed Democrats control of both chambers of the New Hampshire Legislature for the first time in nearly a decade. With Republican Gov. Chris Sununu winning a second term, the stage is set for divided government in Concord for the next two years.

In the Senate, Democrats overcame an unfavorable map to flip several Republican-held seats and take a 14-10 majority.

Taylor Quimby for NHPR

The mid-term elections are over, and New Hampshire Republicans will hold onto the corner office, with Governor Sununu's victory. Meanwhile, Democrats celebrated holding onto the state's two congressional seats and Democrats now hold the balance of power in the state House, Senate and Executive Council.  

 

Katherine Garrova

All this week we’ve been checking in on a handful of competitive seats in the New Hampshire Senate, places where the outcome on Election Day could shift the balance of power in the State House next year.

 

In District 8, two women are competing to represent 24 mostly rural towns west of Concord. Jenn Alford-Teaster, a Democrat and first-time candidate, is challenging incumbent Ruth Ward, a Republican who’s seeking her second term.

Annie Ropeik

The race for state Senate District 24 features a contentious rematch .

Republican Sen. Dan Innis is defending his seat against Democrat Tom Sherman, a former state representative. But even amid a polarized national conversation, neither candidate seems eager to play up partisanship.

 


NHPR

All 24 seats in the New Hampshire Senate are on the ballot this year. Republicans currently hold a four seat majority there, but Democrats hope a strong showing at the polls could give them control of the chamber, for the first time in nearly a decade. 

This week, we're checking in on a handful of swing seats in the Senate, places where the outcome on Election Day will be critical to the balance of power in the State House next year.