Hassan claims victory over Ayotte in New Hampshire Senate race — Ayotte yet to concede
By Evan Lips | November 9, 2016, 11:52 EST
CONCORD — Gov. Maggie Hassan’s campaign of connecting first-term rival GOP Sen. Kelly Ayotte to Donald Trump appears to have paid off in a nail-biter of an election, as the Hillary Clinton superdelegate took to social media on Wednesday morning to boast about a victory:
Hassan claims victory over Ayotte: pic.twitter.com/i2T5kKLBxC
— Evan Lips (@evanmlips) November 9, 2016
CBS Boston, however, called the race “too close to call,” noting that the Hassan led by a little less than 600 votes as of mid-morning:
— Nicole Jacobs (@NicoleJacobsWBZ) November 9, 2016
Ayotte, as of 11:45 Wednesday morning, has yet to concede:
Maggie Hassan leads Kelly Ayotte by 695 votes with *one* precinct remaining. (It's a smallish precinct that Obama won by 9% in 2012.) #NHSen
— Taniel (@Taniel) November 9, 2016
GOP Senate candidates, as of Tuesday night, had successfully staved off challenges from Democrats’ dreams of re-claiming a Senate majority.
By early Wednesday, results indicated that GOP Senate candidates had claimed victory in at least five out of eight crucial races.