With the election (restoration) of Carol Shea-Porter and Ann McLane Kuster to the House, and the election of Maggie Hassan as governor, New Hampshire now becomes the first state in U.S. history to have the governership and every single Congressional seat in both houses held by women. Those women join Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte. Obviously this is easier to do in a state with fewer House districts, but it’s a great thing nonetheless and worthy of celebrating as progress, particularly on the day we wake up to Massachusetts’ first female Senator-elect. Even better is that four of those five officeholders in New Hampshire are Democrats. We’re going to have to start calling it Blue Hampshire.
If there was any real disappointment to the Democrats last night, it was the U.S. House elections. Gains appear to be minimal, despite knocking off symbols of Tea Party insanity like Allen West and Joe Walsh, and nearly toppling Michele Bachmann. But, with John Tierney’s close win, we once again have every single U.S. House seat in the six New England states held by Democrats.
Last night we replaced Scott Brown with Elizabeth Warren, Joe Lieberman with Chris Murphy, Olympia Snowe with Angus King, and resoundingly re-elected Bernie Sanders and Sheldon Whitehouse. It looks like Maine approved same-sex marriage and Massachusetts approved medical marijuana. Preliminary returns indicate that we held all the Democratic State Senate seats and flipped a couple of Republican Mass. House districts (Steven Levy and Middle Finger Ross appearing to lose), while losing only one (2d Essex, Leonard Mirra wins a close one over Barry Fogel in Rep. Harriet Stanley’s district). The Dems may have added slightly to a 127-33 majority on Beacon Hill.
There are 67 counties in the six New England states. As of this morning it seems President Obama carried all but five of them. Romney did not break 53% in any of them, which is remarkable considering he was a governor here and won the New Hampshire primary so handily. Romney appears to have carried Litchfield County, Ct. and Piscataquis County in the Maine north woods by about three points each, and three counties in New Hampshire (Belknap and Rockingham by 5-6 points each, and Hillsborough by a very thin margin with votes still not counted).
All in all, a significant repudiation of the GOP and its Presidential standard-bearer in Blue England.