Chris Pappas wins Democratic House primary in New Hampshire

Chris Pappas wins Democratic House primary in New Hampshire

New Hampshire Executive Council member Chris Pappas won the Democratic primary in the race to replace retiring Rep. Carol Shea-PorterCarol Shea-PorterThe 31 Trump districts that will determine the next House majority New Hampshire New Members 2019 Democrat Chris Pappas wins New Hampshire House seat MORE (D-N.H.).

Pappas, who was seen as the local establishment favorite, defeated 10 other Democrats running in a top House district that the party needs to keep in the battle to take over the House, The Associated Press projected.

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He won with 56 percent of the vote. 

Pappas earned the support of most New Hampshire Democratic lawmakers in the primary, including Sens. Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenDesign leaks for Harriet Tubman bill after Mnuchin announces delay Design leaks for Harriet Tubman bill after Mnuchin announces delay Bipartisan senators push new bill to improve foreign lobbying disclosures MORE and Maggie HassanMargaret (Maggie) HassanOvernight Health Care: Poll finds most Americans misunderstand scope of 'Medicare for All' | Planned Parenthood chief readies for 2020 | Drugmakers' lawsuit ramps up fight with Trump Overnight Health Care: Poll finds most Americans misunderstand scope of 'Medicare for All' | Planned Parenthood chief readies for 2020 | Drugmakers' lawsuit ramps up fight with Trump House panel advances bill to create cybersecurity standards for government IT devices MORE.

If Pappas wins in November, he’d be the first openly gay member of Congress from New Hampshire. 

Pappas’s toughest challenge came from Marine veteran and former Obama official Maura Sullivan.

Sullivan had the backing of EMILY’s List, a national group that aims to get women elected to office, an important endorsement in a cycle that's shaping up to be another “Year of the Woman.”

Sullivan also had support from other national figures including Rep. Seth MoultonSeth Wilbur MoultonBullock to participate in local town halls instead of Democratic debates Bullock to participate in local town halls instead of Democratic debates The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Biden, Sanders to share stage at first DNC debate MORE (D-Mass.), who’s looking to recruit more veterans to run for office. But Sullivan faced carpetbagging attacks since she only moved to New Hampshire’s 1st District last year.

Pappas also defeated Levi Sanders, a Social Security benefits specialist and the son of Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersFive takeaways from Trump's 2020 kickoff rally Five takeaways from Trump's 2020 kickoff rally Sanders tears into Trump in response to campaign kickoff rally MORE (I-Vt.). Levi Sanders was considered an underdog, and notably did not get his father’s endorsement. The senator has argued his son needed to win the race on his own.

New Hampshire’s 1st District has been a perennial swing seat and one that has flipped between Shea-Porter and former Rep. Frank Guinta (R-N.H.) for four election cycles.

Shea-Porter won it in 2016, but so did President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP senator introduces bill to hold online platforms liable for political bias Rubio responds to journalist who called it 'strange' to see him at Trump rally Rubio responds to journalist who called it 'strange' to see him at Trump rally MORE, though by less than 2 points.

In November Pappas will face Republican Eddie Edwards, a former police chief who’s been endorsed by Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal lawyer and a former New York City mayor.