Democrats held both New Hampshire House seats even as Republican governor carried them

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By Jeff Singer

Daily Kos Elections’ project to calculate the results of the 2018 Senate and gubernatorial elections by congressional district ventures to New Hampshire (sorry, Granite State, you don’t get to be first-in-the-nation for everything). As with past cycles, we’ll be releasing data after states certify their final results. You can find each state’s certification deadlines at Ballotpedia. You can find our master list of states here; we’ll be updating it as we add new states. You can also find our complete set of data from this and previous cycles at Daily Kos.

Democrats had overall a good night in the Granite State by holding both congressional districts and flipping the state House and Senate. The one bright spot for Team Red was Gov. Chris Sununu, who beat Democrat Molly Kelly 53-46 to win a second two-year term. Sununu carried both the state’s congressional districts, taking the 1st District around Manchester 55-44, but only winning the 2nd 51-48.

However, New Hampshire voters have a reputation for splitting their ballots, and they did so this year as well. Democrat Chris Pappas held the open 1st District 54-45 against Republican Eddie Edwards, a win that will make him the state’s first gay congressman. That wasn’t just better for Team Blue than Trump’s 48-47 win here; Pappas also ran ahead of Obama’s 50-49 victory in 2012. Over in the 2nd, Democratic Rep. Annie Kuster won a fourth term 56-42. Two years before, Kuster had beaten another underfunded GOP foe by a modest 50-45 as the 2nd was moving from 54-45 Obama to just 49-46 Clinton, but Trump’s unpopularity in this area more than made up for Sununu’s narrow win.

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