Granite Staters return Democrat Kuster, Republican Guinta to US House

Granite Staters on Tuesday teturned two familiar faces to the U.S. House of Representatives and turned a third one away.


Second District voters chose Democratic Rep. Ann Kuster over Republican state Rep. Marilinda Garcia, ending the first-ever state congressional campaign involving two women.


Kuster was leading Garcia, 54 to 46 percent with more than 85 percent of the vote counted.


Frank Guinta was the lone Republican at the top of the ticket to be successful, defeating incumbent Democrat Carol Shea-Porter in their third match-up since 2010. Guinta won his second term representing the 1st District. Shea-Porter was vying for a fourth term.


With 81 percent of the vote counted, Guinta led Shea-Porter, 51 to 49 percent.


In Concord, Kuster told her supporters, “The Kochs only want one kind of candidate, and that is one that works for them.”


She said the conservative billionaire activists “flooded the state of New Hampshire with millions and millions of dollars in relentless, personal, nasty attacks….But tonight you proved New Hampshire is not for sale.”


An emotional Garcia told her backers, “You are the future of the country, you can make a difference.”


In Manchester, Guinta, promised to listen to all Granite Staters, regardless of party.


Shea-Porter told her supporters, “This is a swing district, as we all know. We know this is a tough district. We did the best we could.”


Shea-Porter said the nation needs “more jobs” and policies that focus on the middle-class.


Shea-Porter was first elected to the House in 2006 and then reelected in 2008, defeated Guinta in 2012 for her third term. An unabashed progressive Democrat, she focused her campaign on the middle class and proudly supported the Affordable Care Act.


Author: John DiStaso

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