Election Night Live Blog: A Long Night - And Few Results - For New Hampshire Campaigns

Nov 9, 2016

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Election Night Live Blog

1:40 a.m.:

Up and down the ballot, New Hampshire candidates are still awaiting the final vote counts that will determine the outcome of many state and local races.

At the time of publication, results have not yet been called in the high-profile Senate race between Kelly Ayotte and Maggie Hassan, the state's 1st Congressional District race, a 4th-time rematch between Frank Guinta and Carol Shea-Porter, or the Governor's race, which saw Chris Sununu maintaining a modest lead over Democrat Colin Van Ostern for much of the evening.

Also up in the air is the outcome of New Hampshire's presidential election. Though Trump was in the lead for much of the night, Clinton bounced back as Democratic stronghold towns like Durham and Portsmouth reported results.

12:58 a.m.:

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The 2nd District congressional race has been called for incumbent Ann McLane Kuster. 

12:45 a.m.:

Hassan speaks to her supporters, echoing Ayotte's remarks: Every vote needs to be counted and results in the U.S. Senate race will be a waiting game.

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12:40 a.m.:

Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte tells her supporters she will wait until every vote is counted before celebrating or conceding her race. "We're confident," she said, but stressed she wants this election to play out "the New Hampshire Way."

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12:29 a.m.:

Republican supporters at Ayotte and Sununu's shared headquarters celebrate as good news continues to roll in for their party's races. 

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12:26 a.m.:

Republican congressional candidate Jim Lawrence tells his supporters to go home. His race with incumbent Ann McLane Kuster isn't quite as tight as it was earlier in the evening, but the candidate is still hopeful he can pull out an upset.

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12:15 a.m.:

Republican Congressman Frank Guinta's wife Morgan addresses the crowd at the candidate's camp in Manchester. It's unlikely the incumbent will speak tonight, with his race too close to call.

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11:55 p.m.: 

One of the big surprises of the evening is the strong performance of CD2 candidate Jim Lawrence. The Republican wasn't expected to run a close race against incumbent Annie Kuster, but throughout the evening, he's been within striking distance of taking the Democrat's seat.

NHPR's Jack Rodolico is at Lawrence's camp in Nashua reporting on the scene there.

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The mood is low at incumbent Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster's Concord headquarters, where the once-expected winner is facing a serious challenge from Republican Jim Lawrence.

Kuster supporters Donna Newman-Russell and Stuart Russell
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11:06 p.m.: 

As election results came in showing Republican Donald Trump ahead in New Hampshire, activist and Trump backer Andrew Hemingway addressed a cheering crowd at the Derryfield Country Club. Take a listen:

11:03 p.m.:

Martha Fuller Clark and NHPR's Emily Corwin
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State Senator Martha Fuller Clark stopped by congressional candidate Carol Shea-Porter's election night party in Portsmouth. Fuller-Clark says she's feeling "upbeat, but anxious" about other Democrats' prospects.

Listen:

 10:40 p.m.:

The Associated Press has called Ohio for Donald Trump.  

10:32 p.m.:

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It's gotten quiet at Hassan's headquarters in Manchester, where Executive Councilor Chris Pappas just took the stage to tell the crowd the election isn't yet over, and that there are still votes to count. 

10:01 p.m.: 

Sharon Nichols is selectwoman for Portsmouth's Ward 4. She's ecstatic as she poses with the ward's poll results receipt, telling Emily Corwin that turnout was historic, at 75%. 

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A big cheer erupts at Donald Trump's viewing party as New Hampshire results show a closer race between their candidate and Democrat Hillary Clinton. You can get updates from the party by following Ted Siefer on Twitter.

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Chris Sununu arrives at his campaign headquarters in Concord. 

9:14 p.m.:

Jake Harper is spending what could be a long night at Maggie Hassan’s campaign rally in Manchester. An 18 year old from Derry, he’s participating in his first Election Day.

“It was a new experience, I was really happy to have done it,” Harper told Todd Bookman. “Especially in a race like this where it is so special; significant to our history.”

At the top of the ticket, the Pinkerton Academy student says he supported Hillary Clinton, calling her the “more steady” candidate.

9:08 p.m.:

Ted Siefer reports "collective groans" at Trump viewing party in Manchester.

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8:46 p.m.:

Supporters hold signs at Frank Guinta's camp in Manchester.

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8:38 p.m.: 

Former New Hampshire governor John H. Sununu has arrived at the campaign headquarters of his son, Chris Sununu, the Republican candidate for governor. 

  8:25 p.m.:

Watch Sam Evans-Brown give a tour of the station - it's a behind-the-scenes look at our election night broadcast.

Note: The video starts sideways, but it straightens out!

8:09 p.m.:  

Karen Johnson of Manchester is feeling confident after volunteering all day. She said Governor Maggie Hassan was her second "I'm with her." Hassan is hoping to unseat Republican Kelly Ayotte in the U.S. Senate.

Todd Bookman interviews Karen Johnson at Hassan headquarters in Manchester.

8:06 p.m.:

Ted Siefer is reporting from a Donald Trump state campaign watch party at the Derryfield Country Club in Manchester.  Supporters there are watching early returns roll in.

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7:59 p.m.:  

Reporter Paige Sutherland talks to a supporter at Rep. Frank Guinta's camp at Murphy's Tap Room in Manchester. Guinta, a Republican, is his fourth match-up against Democrat Carol Shea-Porter.

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7:50 p.m.:

As polls across New Hampshire are set to close, supporters are trickling in to candidate headquarters around the state.  

Producer Jessica Hunt spoke to Dennis Caza with Teamsters Local 633 at Hassan's camp in Concord. His was the first union to back her candidacy.

7:37 p.m.:

Karen Juall and Rep. June Frazer at Rep. Annie Kuster's camp in Concord
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7:31 p.m.

Press and prep at Colin Van Ostern's camp, which will all be where state Democrats watch the presidential results roll in.

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7:23 p.m.:

TV reporters do live hits from Maggie Hassan's campaign headquarters in Manchester. 

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7:22 p.m.:

Polls in Dover will stay open. Click here to read the order from the Rockingham Superior Court issued after New Hampshire Democrats sought an injunction over the matter.

7:10 p.m.:

NHPR reporters will be reporting from campaign headquarters around the state this evening.

Josh Rogers will be stationed at Senator Kelly Ayotte's campaign camp in Concord.

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Natasha Haverty is reporting from CD 2 incumbent Ann McLane Kuster's headquarters in Concord.

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Jason Moon (and producer Logan Shannon) will be reporting from gubernatorial candidate Colin Van Ostern's camp in Manchester.

Todd Bookman is reporting from Governor Maggie Hassan's senate campaign headquarters in Manchester. 

 7:02 p.m.:

There's been some confusion in Dover, New Hampshire over polling hours.

An email sent out by town officials this morning indicated that the polls in Dover would close at 8 o'clock. At the time that was incorrect, and about ten minutes after that email was sent, another email attempted to correct the error. The polls were supposed to close at 7.

6:23 p.m.: 

At Dr. Norman W.Crisp Elementary School in Ward 7 on Arlington Street in Nashua, Sam Olivier and Bella Olivier, 3, were all smiles after voting. Photo by Allegra Boverman for NHPR.

6:09 p.m.:

As Peter Biello reports, Pauline Smith of Somersworth says she voted for Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton and local democratic candidates because she feels that republicans are attacking women. She says that some of Trump’s comments in particular have been especially off-putting.

Listen to Smith in her own words:

Meanwhile,  Laura West of Somersworth says she ultimately voted with a sense of security in mind:

5:30 p.m.:

Reports of high or record turnout continue to roll in from around the state.  

NHPR’s Todd Bookman stopped by several polling places in the Monadnock Region.

Nice weather combined with this seemingly endless election cycle is creating steady traffic at the Peterborough Community Center. There, Sage Wheeler voted for Hillary Clinton. She says it was a more powerful voting experience than any in recent memory.

“I almost cried, and I might cry now. It feels really critical.”

In nearby Hancock, more than 500 votes were cast by noon. That included the enthusiastic participation of Cheryl Hanson.

“Trump, Pence, with joy.”

For Nancy Massey, tomorrow may prove even more important than today.

“It will take a while for the healing to begin after this election. But healing will take place.”