Really Bad News for the GOP in NH

Returns in New Hampshire suggest an epic disaster for the Republicans. Both of the state’s two GOP congressmen– Jeb Bradley in the 1st District and Charlie Bass in the 2nd District — are trailing. Bass is actually being trounced, though those returns are less complete. New Hampshire last sent a Democrat to the House in 1992. More to the point, Bradley’s opponent, a former social worker named Carol Shea-Porter, operated on a shoe-string budget, has virtually no name recognition, and was shunned by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee– which essentially refused to acknowledge her candidacy. The Bradley-Shea-Porter race was not in any national observer’s list of the 60 most competitive races in the country. A Shea-Porter win would probably speak to a massive national tidal wave and the belated extension of the Democratic Party’s Northeast dominance to New Hampshire.

— Steve Kornacki

Really Bad News for the GOP in NH