Nov 4, 2014 10:33 PM
Rep. Ann McLane Kuster wins second term over Marilinda Garcia in NH Second CD
The Associated Press
CONCORD - Democratic U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster has defeated Republican Marilinda Garcia to earn a second term in New Hampshire's 2nd Congressional District.
New Hampshire has had an all-female congressional delegation since 2012, but this was the first election in which voters got to choose between two women for a congressional seat. The 2nd District has flipped back-and-forth between the two major political parties in recent years, but Kuster's win keeps it in Democratic hands.
The 58-year-old former lawyer and lobbyist from Hopkinton says her private-sector work shaped her understanding of the state's economy and her bipartisan governing style. She criticized Garcia's relative youth and inexperience, noting she's 31 and still lives with her parents.
Garcia is a state representative from Salem who cast Kuster as a rubber stamp for President Barack Obama.