Tuesday, November 06, 2012

New Hampshire May Elect All Women to House, Senate, Governor’s Office 2012

New Hampshire, the state that, in 2008, became the very first state to boast an all female state senate (Whoo-hoo!) now may become the very first state to be entirely ruled by women! Okay, now I know where I want to move to.

The state already has 2 female U.S. Senators, so even if women don't sweep the election tomorrow, New Hampshire will remain light years ahead of backward good-old-boy states like Tennessee. Here in good-old-boy country, women don't even get nominated:   

If Democrats fare well there tomorrow night, New Hampshire could become the first state to be represented by a female governor and an all-female House and Senate delegation. Granite Staters have already elected two women to the Senate: Republican Kelly Ayotte and Democrat Jeanne Shaheen. But this year, Democrats have nominated a woman, former state Sen. Maggie Hassan, for governor, and former Rep. Carol Shea-Porter and attorney Ann McLane Kuster for the state’s two House seats. 

A Democratic sweep in those races is far from a sure thing, but the final WMUR/UNH poll of the state showed it’s well within the realm of possibility. Hassan led Republican Ovide Lamontagne by 9 points in the poll – a wider lead than most public surveys – while Kuster was 6 points ahead of GOP Rep. Charlie Bass. Shea-Porter, meanwhile, was tied at 40 percent with Republican incumbent Frank Guinta. 

It’s not necessarily probable that this scenario will come to pass, but if it did, New Hampshire would be the first state to elect only women to the House, Senate and governor’s office. 

UPDATE: THEY DID IT!! New Hampshire Elects First All-Women Delegation