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-PorterNew Hampshire New Members 2019 Democrat Chris Pappas wins New Hampshire House seat Overnight Energy — Presented by Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance — Trump expected to push pipelines next year | Lawmakers want answers on cancelled wildlife refuge enforcement program | Interior implements new rules for science 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 ShaheenOvernight Defense: Nauert tapped for UN envoy | Trump teases changes to Joint Chiefs of Staff | Trump knocks Tillerson as 'dumb as a rock' | Scathing report details Air Force failures before Texas shooting New Hampshire's secretary of state narrowly holds seat Overnight Health Care: Senators urge vote on delaying health insurance tax | Joe Kennedy III 'hopeful' he can back 'Medicare for all' bill | Latest Ebola outbreak becomes world's 2nd-worst MORE and Maggie HassanMargaret (Maggie) HassanNew Hampshire's secretary of state narrowly holds seat New Hampshire Dem icon at risk after work with Trump Dem senators call on DeVos to rescind new campus sexual assault policies 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 MoultonPelosi agrees to term limits vote; insurgency collapses Tim Ryan backs term limits deal with Pelosi Dem strategist: 'Every elected male should be concerned about a female challenger in 2020' 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) SandersOcasio-Cortez on call to run for president: ‘How about … no’ GOP-controlled Senate breaks with Trump on Saudi vote Amazon workers in Staten Island launching campaign to unionize 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 TrumpActivists highlight Trump ties to foreign autocrats in hotel light display Jose Canseco pitches Trump for chief of staff: ‘Worried about you looking more like a Twinkie everyday’ Dershowitz: Mueller's report will contain 'sins' but no 'impeachable offense' 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.