Jan 3, 2016 2:36 PM

Hassan juggles Senate race with need to work with GOP

The Associated Press

CONCORD — Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan says she is confident she can work with New Hampshire's Republican-controlled Legislature this year to find compromise on politically charged issues even as she fights to unseat the state GOP's top elected official, U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte.

The Hassan-Ayotte matchup is considered a marquee contest as Democrats seek to retake control of the Senate and is sure to bring a flood of money and national media attention to the state. But throughout the campaign, Hassan still needs to work with Republicans in Concord on significant issues including reauthorizing Medicaid expansion and the state's growing drug-abuse crisis. Partisan battle lines have been drawn on both.

Hassan, in her second term, says New Hampshire's practice of holding elections every two years has given lawmakers practice in working together even during tough electoral battles.

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