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Democrat Maggie Hassan wins Senate seat in New Hampshire

Republicans now hold majority in Senate at 51-48
Posted at 5:50 PM, Nov 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-09 17:57:09-05

Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan has captured a New Hampshire Senate seat, defeating first-term Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte.

The Associated Press called the race for Hassan on Wednesday.

Ayotte says in a statement that she has contacted Hassan to concede the close race and offer her congratulations. She is thanking the people of New Hampshire for their support.

Democrats have picked up two Republican-held Senate seats — one in Illinois, the other in New Hampshire. They had been far more optimistic about capturing GOP seats on Election Day, but lost in Indiana, Wisconsin, Missouri and North Carolina.

Republicans are expected to hold the Senate seat in Louisiana in next month's contest after a Republican and Democrat advanced to the runoff.