Ayotte is third Republican Trump critic to lose Senate race

New Hampshire Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan took the seat of Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte, who opposed President-elect Donald Trump, in the US Senate in the November 8, 2016 voteUS Senator Kelly Ayotte conceded to her Democratic challenger on Wednesday, making her the third Republican to lose a Senate race in a battleground state after refusing to endorse Donald Trump. Ayotte’s defeat to Governor Maggie Hassan in New Hampshire means another pick-up for the Democrats in the battle for control of the Senate. The two New Hampshire rivals were separated by just 600 votes by mid-afternoon Wednesday, some 22 hours after polls closed in the US election that saw Republican presidential nominee Trump deliver a stunning defeat of Democrat Hillary Clinton.

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