Two years ago, Republicans swept Democrats into a small minority in New Hampshire's state Senate and House, but the results of Tuesday's election have flipped that around.
House Democratic Leader Terie Norelli said Wednesday preliminary counts show Democrats won 217 House seats to 177 by Republicans with six races still to be decided. She said even if Republicans win all six, Democrats will be in the majority again. That is at least a 115-seat gain since Democrats only control 102 seats now out of 400.
Known for its first-in-the-nation presidential primary, New Hampshire now also will be the first state with an all-female congressional delegation.
Democrats Carol Shea-Porter and Ann McLane Kuster defeated Republican incumbents Tuesday to claim the state's two House seats. They'll join Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte.
Debbie Walsh, director of the Center for American Women and Politics, says New Hampshire's achievement is no surprise, given its history.
It was a long night for those waiting for results in New York’s 21st Congressional race.
It was a tense night at Democratic headquarters in Plattsburgh Tuesday night as returns for the 21st Congressional district trickled in and showed an extremely tight race all evening. Supporters had been told Congressman Owens would not appear until there was a clear winner. It was nearly midnight before the results showed Incumbent Democrat Bill Owens leading Republican challenger Matt Doheny by about 4000 votes, and the relief was palpable as Bill Owens entered the room.