In neighboring New Hampshire, voters tossed out both House Members for the third time in six years. Bass and Guinta were swept in by the 2010 GOP wave, but neither could hold on in the neutral environment of 2012, with President Barack Obama carrying the state.
Both lawmakers lost to the candidate they beat two years ago. Former Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D) won back the 1st district from Guinta, while Ann McLane Kuster defeated Bass in the 2nd district.
New Hampshire is now the first state to boast an all-female Congressional delegation.
Democrats also held the Connecticut Senate seat of retiring Sen. Joe Lieberman (I). Rep. Christopher Murphy defeated former WWE CEO Linda McMahon (R), who spent heavily from her personal fortune on her second attempt in three years to win a Senate race. Over the course of two elections, McMahon shelled out close to $100 million from her personal coffers.
Democrats also held Murphy’s House seat, which saw a competitive race to replace him. Former state Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D) defeated state Sen. Andrew Roraback (R).
In Rhode Island, embattled Democratic Rep. David Cicilline held on to win a second term. The freshman lawmaker was plagued by low poll numbers for most of his first term, and Republicans heavily targeted the district. The ability of Cicilline and Tierney to hold on in Democratic districts boosted the party’s overall expected net seat gain.
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