New Hampshire Democrat Vacates Seat in Swing District
By Cailyn Carr 10/25/17
New Hampshire Democratic Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter surprisingly announced that she will retire at the end of this term and that may have serious repercussions for future control of the House of Representatives.
Shea-Porter is joining Minnesota Rep. Tim Walz and Nevada Rep. Jacky Rosen in giving up seats that Donald Trump won over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. In next year’s midterm elections, the Democrats need to win 24 House seats to have a majority.
Democrats and Republicans are each confident that they will hold the New Hampshire seat. Republicans have already gotten State Senator Andy Sanborn and Navy veteran Eddie Edwards to enter the race. A Democratic contender has yet to be announced.
New Hampshire’s first district is one of the most highly contested in the nation. The last two presidents have won it by a margin of less than two percentage points. Control of this swing district has gone back and forth between Democrat Shea-Porter and Republican Frank Guinta in every election since 2010.
Shea-Porter’s resignation even shocked her staff. The Congresswoman cites a recent family reunion as sparking the “tug of family” in her. This may not be the end of her career in politics, however. Shea-Porter, the first woman elected to Congress from New Hampshire, has indicated that her political comeback is a possibility.