New Hampshire voters set up a historic House race on Tuesday, one that will result in the election of either the state’s first openly gay or first African- American member of Congress.
Democrats picked openly gay Manchester politician Chris Pappas as their nominee in the 1st Congressional District, while Republicans went with Eddie Edwards, a black former police chief.
The district, which includes Manchester and the state’s coastline, has frequently changed hands between the parties; in 2016, Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, D, carried it by just 1.4 points while Hillary Clinton lost it by almost the same margin.
Eleven Democrats plunged into the race after Shea-Porter announced her retirement, including Levi Sanders, the son of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.
But the race quickly became a battle between Pappas and Iraq War veteran Maura Sullivan — which Pappas won in a rout. The GOP’s primary was closer, with Edwards holding a steady lead over state Sen. Andy Sanborn, who conceded three hours after the polls closed.
Sanborn, a libertarian-minded businessman who had won several tough races, led the field in fundraising. But he couldn’t crowd out Edwards, who trumpeted his endorsements from Trump allies like former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.