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New Hampshire Becomes First With All-Female Congressional Delegation, Governor

Governor-elect Maggie Hassan thanks supporters with her husband Tom on Tuesday in Manchester, N.H. Hassan beat Ovide Lamontagne to keep the governor's seat in Democratic control.
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Governor-elect Maggie Hassan thanks supporters with her husband Tom on Tuesday in Manchester, N.H. Hassan beat Ovide Lamontagne to keep the governor's seat in Democratic control.

After last night's election, New Hampshire became the first state to have an all-female congressional delegation and a female governor.

The Boston Globe reports:

"Democrat Maggie Hassan, the former majority leader of the state Senate, beat Republican Ovide Lamontagne in the race to succeed Governor John Lynch.

"In House races, former Representative Carol Shea-Porter and attorney Ann McLane Kuster, both Democrats, won their contests with Republican incumbents Frank Guinta and Charlie Bass, respectively.

"The Granite State already had two female senators, Republican Kelly Ayotte and Democrat Jeanne Shaheen."

The Huffington Post reports that this will also be a historic term for the U.S. Senate, which will have at least 19 female senators. That's most in history.

We'll point out another first that happened this election: Wisconsin's Tammy Baldwin becomes the first openly gay person elected to the Senate.

Copyright 2021 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.

Eyder Peralta is NPR's East Africa correspondent based in Nairobi, Kenya.
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