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-PorterElection Countdown: What to watch in final primaries | Dems launch M ad buy for Senate races | Senate seats most likely to flip | Trump slump worries GOP | Koch network's new super PAC Bernie Sanders's son falls short in New Hampshire primary Chris Pappas wins Democratic House primary in New Hampshire 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 ShaheenSome employees' personal data revealed in State Department email breach: report Dems seek ways to block Trump support for Saudi-led coalition in Yemen Hillicon Valley: Trump signs off on sanctions for election meddlers | Russian hacker pleads guilty over botnet | Reddit bans QAnon forum | FCC delays review of T-Mobile, Sprint merger | EU approves controversial copyright law MORE and Maggie HassanMargaret (Maggie) HassanDems push back on using federal funds to arm teachers House panel advances DHS cyber vulnerabilities bills Chris Pappas wins Democratic House primary in New Hampshire 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 MoultonDemocrats opposed to Pelosi lack challenger to topple her 11 Dems float anti-Pelosi leadership plan: reports To cure Congress, elect more former military members 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 SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersPoll: Gillum leads DeSantis by 5 points in Florida governor race Sanders: Kavanaugh accusers 'have risked their lives to come forward' Helping citizens unite in post-Citizens United America 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 TrumpTrump: Dems playing destructive 'con game' with Kavanaugh Several Yale Law classmates who backed Kavanaugh call for misconduct investigation Freedom Caucus calls on Rosenstein to testify or resign 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.