In what might have been one of the most confusing Senate races of this election year, Senator Jeanne Shaheen pulled out a victory over Republican challenger Scott Brown in New Hampshire.
I say this was one of the most confusing races because I have absolutely no idea how Brown stood a chance. This is a guy who isn’t even from New Hampshire. In fact, just a couple of years ago, he was the senator from Massachusetts! I’m not sure if there’s ever been a more blatant attempt by a candidate to try to handpick where he thought he stood the best chance at winning his next election than here with Scott Brown.
It just didn’t make any sense why any voters in that state would support him. It was clear following his loss to now Senator Elizabeth Warren in 2012 that instead of sticking it out in the state for which he was a senator, he instantly began plotting his next move (literally) to put himself in a position to hopefully become a senator once again.
And for much of this election season it seemed to be working. From the moment he announced his candidacy last March he began gaining on incumbent Shaheen. Right up until election day polls showed a statistical tie between the two candidates. But luckily history and stats show us that when races are close, incumbents often hold the edge, and thankfully that’s what played out tonight as Shaheen claimed a narrow victory.
Also voter turnout was much higher than normal for a midterm election. And as I’ve said numerous times, the higher the voter turnout, the better it is for Democrats – which is probably what helped Shaheen pull out the win.
Either way, this is a victory Democrats desperately needed. And as Rachel Maddow pointed out on MSNBC, at least Scott Brown can say he made history tonight. He became the first person in the history of the United States to lose Senate races to two separate women.