How Shaheen Defeated Brown Amid A National Republican Wave

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The day after Election Day, the big national story is the Republican wave that swept across the nation, capturing governorships and gaining control of the U.S. Senate.

But in the closely watched race for the Senate in New Hampshire, Democratic incumbent Jeanne Shaheen resisted that wave and defeated Republican Scott Brown, the former senator from Massachusetts.

"Tonight the people of New Hampshire chose to put New Hampshire first," Shaheen said Tuesday night.

It was Scott Brown's third run for the Senate in five years. In 2010, of course, he shocked Democrats by defeating Martha Coakley in a special election following the death of Sen. Ted Kennedy. Then, in 2012, Elizabeth Warren beat him. And last night, he tasted defeat again in New Hampshire.

"I accept the decision of the voters and I have already offered my sincerest congratulations and good wishes to Senator Shaheen," said Brown.

WBUR's Sacha Pfeiffer speaks with a political analyst about the Shaheen-Brown race.


Andy Smith, University of New Hampshire associate professor of practice in political science and director of the UNH survey center. He tweets @smithanh.


WBUR: Shaheen Defeats Scott Brown, Keeps U.S. Senate Seat

  • "Democratic U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen defeated Republican challenger Scott Brown on Tuesday, winning a second term and blocking his return to Washington from a second state."

This segment aired on November 5, 2014.

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