GOP sweeps N.H. House and Senate: ‘Beautiful day to be a Republican’

  • Scenes from the election night party for Sen. Kelly Ayotte and Executive Councilor and Republican gubernatorial candidate Chris Sununu at the Grappone Center in Concord on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

Monitor staff
Published: 11/9/2016 9:15:41 AM

Bolstered by an unexpectedly strong performance by Donald Trump, Republicans swept into state office in Tuesday’s election, maintaining control of the state Senate, House and Executive Council and winning the governor’s seat for the first time in more than a decade. 

“I’ve gotta tell you, it is a beautiful day to be a Republican in the great state of New Hampshire,” state Republican party chairwoman Jennifer Horn told screaming supporters at an Election Night party for the state’s now governor-elect Chris Sununu. 

It’s the first time since 2002, when Craig Benson became governor, that Republicans have taken control of New Hampshire’s Legislature and corner office.

With several tight races, party margins in the Senate and House are still not set. 

Republicans seem poised to maintain a 14 to 10 majority in the Senate. Democrats picked up one seat when Scott McGilvray won District 16, vacated by Republican David Boutin who retired this year. 

But Democrat incumbent Andrew Hosmer, of Laconia, lost to Republican challenger Harold French by 13 votes, according to the Associated Press. A recount in the race is likely.

Republicans won at least 222 seats in the House, assuring a majority in the 400-member chamber. Several races have yet to be decided, according to House Chief of Staff Terry Pfaff. 

“We did keep the House,” he said. “The work this leadership team put in certainly paid dividends.”

(This story will be updated. Allie Morris can be reached at 369-3307 or 

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