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Nov 5, 2014 12:14 PM

GOP wins in House set stage for possible return of Bill O'Brien as speaker

The Associated Press

CONCORD - Unofficial results show Republicans are likely to control the New Hampshire Legislature, setting up stronger opposition to Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan than she faced in her first term.

Republicans gained one seat in the state Senate Tuesday night, knocking out Democrat Peggy Gilmour to take 14 of 24 seats in the chamber. Democratic incumbent Sen. Andrew Hosmer held onto his seat by just more than 100 votes.

Unofficial results project Republicans winning 230 seats in the House - a roughly 50-seat swing in the chamber currently controlled by Democrats.

Hassan said during her victory speech that she hopes to continue working with the Legislature in a bipartisan way. She spent much of her campaign speaking negatively about former Republican House Speaker Bill O'Brien, who is seeking the leadership role again.


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