The following is an excerpt from Scott Malone | September 11, 2018 | reuters.com |
(Reuters) - New Hampshire voters on Tuesday pick candidates for a congressional seat that in this decade has flipped four times between the two parties - and the same two people - in the latest test of the rising appeal of women nominees.
Eleven Democrats, including three women, and six Republican men are seeking the seat that will open when Democratic U.S. Representative Carol Shea-Porter retires in January. Democrats can ill-afford to lose the spot as they head into November’s election looking to gain 23 seats needed to take a majority in the House and serve as a check on Republican President Donald Trump’s agenda.
The Democratic front-runners are former Obama administration official and U.S. Marine Corps veteran Maura Sullivan and Chris Pappas, a member of the state’s executive council, according to polls and political analysts.
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