New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan, left, and U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte. (Photo: Boston Globe)
New Hampshire Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte conceded late Wednesday to Democrat Gov. Maggie Hassan after final votes were tallied.
Hassan unseated the incumbent with 716 votes, or a difference of approximately 0.1 percent of the vote.
Gun control groups launched efforts to unseat Ayotte in 2013 after she voted against the expanded background check measure proposed in response to the deadly Sandy Hook shooting.
As governor, Hassan vetoed several gun rights bills in her time as the Granite State’s chief executive. She benefited from nearly $8.5 million in funding from gun control groups to pick up the senate seat.
During her campaign, Ayotte failed to get much more than moral support from gun rights organizations, which spent just north of $60,000 on her re-election bid.
Yet, overall, the GOP defied expectations as voters in a number of key races cast ballots to keep their Senators in place
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