Ayotte Concedes to Hassan in NH Senate Race

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U.S. Senate Republican incumbent Kelly Ayotte, left speaks as Democratic challenger Gov. Maggie Hassan
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New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte conceded her re-election campaign against Gov. Maggie Hassan, giving Democrats their second Senate pickup of 2016.

The two were separated by just a few hundred votes come Wednesday afternoon. The presidential race in the state is still too close to call.

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Hassan becomes the second Democrat this year to defeat an incumbent Republican senator. The first came in Illinois, where Democratic Rep. Tammy Duckworth defeated incumbent GOP Sen. Mark Kirk.