Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire has dispatched a challenge from former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, who moved to the Granite State least year to challenge the first-term incumbent, according to the Associated Press.
Shaheen led Brown in the polls for most of the race, but after Brown hit the senator hard on immigration, Ebola, and the Islamic State militant group, the race tightened. Even as Brown narrowed Shaheen’s lead, however, polls showed that he suffered high unfavorable ratings, while Shaheen continued to boast decent favorability numbers.
The Democratic triumph in New Hampshire denies the Republicans an upset, but the GOP had not been counting on the seat in its bid to net the six seats required to capture Senate control.
Brown's loss marks his second in as many years; in 2012, he lost his Senate seat in Massachusetts to Elizabeth Warren. As the Boston Globe's Matt Viser notes, Brown is now the first Senate candidate to lose to two women.