First district Republican Frank Guinta came out on top yesterday in his third matchup with incumbent Democrat, Carol Shea-Porter. NHPR’s Emily Corwin reports Guinta edged Shea-Porter by 3 points.
After her defeat Carol Shea-Porter was unexpectedly upbeat, saying “I love election day! And I love the people that I got to see, I’m proud of the constituent services we did, I’m proud of the work we did in the office in Congress, but I love the campaign side too!”
Shea-Porter reminded reporters that Republicans had represented the district for more than 20 years before her upset win in 2006. Shea-Porter won reelection in 2008, another good year for Democrats, and was tossed by voters in 2010, a big GOP year. In 2012 she was back, and this year, she says, “it’s a Republican year! The Republicans are doing very well across the country.”
Republicans were motivated this year, but Guinta said his win didn’t come easily.
Well look this was a lot of hard work by a lotta people. I think we were right on the issues and we never gave up.
Guinta was the lone republican victor in the top of the ticket state races. He promised supporters he’ll fight for opportunity for all, saying “I want to make sure that everyone in our state and our country feels that they have the ability to succeed in life.”
It is not impossible that Guinta and Shea-Porter could meet again in the 2016. Last night, Shea-Porter wouldn’t say if she’d consider taking on Guinta for the 4th time. But she did say voters would try on Republican leadership, then “review us all again in two years.”