Dem ousts incumbent Republican in Manchester mayoral race

Dem ousts incumbent Republican in Manchester mayoral race
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Joyce Craig vanquished Republican incumbent Ted Gatsas in Manchester, N.H.'s closely watched mayoral race on Tuesday, making her the first woman to hold the position and putting a Democrat at the helm of the city for the first time in more than a decade.

Craig won the race with 12,053 votes, while Gatsas had 10,580, according to vote tallies reported by WMUR-TV in Manchester. 

The race was the highest profile in the Granite State this year, pitting Gatsas, who has served as the city's mayor since 2010, against Craig, a former alderman, who unsuccessfully vied for the post in 2015.

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But this time, Craig drew the support of a number of prominent national political figures, including former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenNewsom endorses Kamala Harris for president Trump, Biden in dead heat in hypothetical 2020 matchup among Texas voters Biden calls for reauthorization of Violence Against Women Act MORE, who filmed a video endorsement for the Manchester Democrat.

"Voting in local elections is the best way to bring about change in your community, and Joyce is the right candidate at the right time," Biden said in the video. "She'll make a real difference for Manchester."

She was also joined at times by other prominent out-of-state Democrats, including former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Rep. Tim Ryan (Ohio).

Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonOvernight Defense: Trump declares border emergency | .6B in military construction funds to be used for wall | Trump believes Obama would have started war with North Korea | Pentagon delivers aid for Venezuelan migrants Sarah Sanders says she was interviewed by Mueller's office Trump: I believe Obama would have gone to war with North Korea MORE won Manchester by a little more than 3,000 votes in the 2016 presidential election. The former secretary of State narrowly defeated President Trump in New Hampshire.