Democrat Jeanne Shaheen beats Messner, wins 3rd Senate term

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Published: Nov. 3, 2020 at 8:05 PM EST
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CONCORD, N.H. (WCAX) - New Hampshire Democrat Jeanne Shaheen sailed to her third term in the U.S. Senate.

Shaheen defeated Republican Corky Messner and Libertarian Justin O’Donnell on Tuesday.

She was surrounded by friends and family as she addressed supporters.

“Thank you to everyone up and down the ballot, Democrat and Republican, who put your names on the ballot, who stood up in this election cycle. You are all making democracy stronger. And thank you to the many volunteers across New Hampshire who fought day in and day out to turn out the votes,” Shaheen said.

Shaheen said this election was a referendum on President Trump’s handling of the pandemic.

She has touted her record of working across party lines to help small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic, secure funding to address the opioid crisis and improve veterans' access to health care.

She contrasted her long history of public service with Messner’s relatively recent arrival from Colorado, saying he lacked understanding of both her record and the state.

Messner, an Army veteran and attorney, argued the state would be better served by a political outsider.

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