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Democrat Chris Pappas wins New Hampshire House seat

Democrat Chris Pappas wins New Hampshire House seat

Democrat Chris Pappas on Tuesday won the election 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.), keeping the New Hampshire congressional seat in Democratic control.

The New Hampshire Executive Council member and Manchester restaurant owner beat Republican Eddie Edwards, a former police chief who received an endorsement from President TrumpDonald TrumpNorth Carolina Senate passes trio of election measures 14 Republicans vote against making Juneteenth a federal holiday Border state governors rebel against Biden's immigration chaos MORE’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani.

“I am humbled beyond words that the voters of the 1st Congressional District placed their trust in me today,” Pappas told supporters. “Voters in New Hampshire and all across the country are delivering a strong message that when America is faced with a challenge, we don't give up. We don't give in to fear or anger. We persevere."

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Pappas, who is seen as a local Democratic establishment favorite, earned endorsements from Sens. Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenCosmetic chemicals need a makeover How Biden can get the infrastructure bill through Congress Pelosi: 'No intention' of abandoning Democrats' infrastructure goals MORE (D-N.H.) and Maggie HassanMargaret (Maggie) HassanOn The Money: Yellen, Powell brush off inflation fears | Fed keeps rates steady, upgrades growth projections Bipartisan infrastructure group grows to 20 senators Senate panel unanimously advances key Biden cyber nominees MORE (D-N.H.) during the Democratic primary.

Pappas will become the first openly gay member of Congress from New Hampshire. His opponent would have become the state’s first-ever black Congressional representative.

New Hampshire’s 1st District has flipped between Republican and Democratic control four times in the past 12 years, with Shea-Porter and former Rep. Frank Guinta (R-N.H.) alternating.

When Shea-Porter won the seat in 2016, President Trump won the swing district by less than 2 points.