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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 John TrumpAppeals court OKs White House diverting military funding to border wall construction Pentagon: Tentative meeting between spy agencies, Biden transition set for early next week Conservative policy director calls Section 230 repeal an 'existential threat' for tech 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 ShaheenLawmakers pressure leaders to reach COVID-19 relief deal Top Democrat calls Trump's Afghan drawdown 'the right policy decision' as others warn of 'mistake' Overnight Defense: How members of the Armed Services committees fared in Tuesday's elections | Military ballots among those uncounted in too-close-to-call presidential race | Ninth US service member killed by COVID-19 MORE (D-N.H.) and Maggie HassanMargaret (Maggie) HassanCut tariffs and open US economy to fight COVID-19 pandemic Senate passes bill to secure internet-connected devices against cyber vulnerabilities Overnight Defense: Trump campaign's use of military helicopter raises ethics concerns | Air Force jets intercept aircraft over Trump rally | Senators introduce bill to expand visa screenings 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.