Yesterday New Hampshire Democrats had such historic victories that it sent political reporters digging through old books and calling the one person who somehow keeps all of state political history in his head, Secretary of State Bill Gardner.
Here is a sampling of a few facts about yesterday’s election in the Granite State:
- Governor John Lynch won re-election by the largest margin of victory for any governor in state history. Lynch’s 74 percent beat the 70 percent mark set by Governor Steve Merrill in 1994.
- Democrats took a majority in the state Senate for only the second time since 1911. In the House, Democrats reclaimed the majority for the first time since 1922. But the last time a Democratic Senate served alongside a Democratic House was in 1874.
- Democrat Carol Shea-Porter’s impressive upset of two-term Republican incumbent US Representative Jeb Bradley means Shea-Porter will be the first woman in the history of the state to represent New Hampshire in Washington.
- Shea-Porter goes to Washington with Democrat Paul Hodes, who defeated Republican incumbent US Representative Charlie Bass in the state’s other Congressional district. This is the first time since 1912 that the state’s two representatives were Democrat.
- The last time Democrats won a majority in the Executive Council was in 1964.