New Hampshire’s congressional delegation is all women

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WASHINGTON -- New Hampshire voters will send an all-woman delegation to the next Congress.

That was among the changes coming to the U.S. House of Representatives after an election on Tuesday that kept Republicans in the majority.

Although a number of races were still undecided, Republican strategists were predicting a net loss of five to seven seats. Heading into the election, Republicans held a 240-190 majority with five vacancies, three previously held by Democrats and two by Republicans.

Former Rep. Carol Shea-Porter and Ann McLane Kuster, both Democrats, defeated Republican incumbents Frank Guinta and Charlie Bass, respectively.


Both of the state’s U.S. senators also are women. Democrat Maggie Hassan defeated Republican Ovide Lamontagne in the governor’s race, making the Granite State the first state with a female governor and all-female congressional delegation.

Elsewhere, Rep. Michelle Bachmann, a tea party leader and former GOP presidential candidate, eked out a victory in Minnesota.

Mia Love in Utah fell short in her bid to become the first black Republican woman elected to the House, losing to Rep. Jim Matheson, a leader of a shrinking group of conservative Democrats known as Blue Dogs.

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