Maggie Hassan wins 2016 New Hampshire Senate race

Democrat Maggie Hassan has beaten Kelly Ayotte, a Republican, in the race for the New Hampshire Senate seat currently held by Ayotte.

Ayotte put herself in a precarious situation in this race by distancing herself from the presidential campaign. She withdrew her support for Trump after the release of a 2005 videotape in which Trump bragged about making unwanted sexual advances toward women.

Republicans kept control of Senate majority, fending off what was thought to be a strong takeover bid by Democrats.

So far, 33 Senate races have been decided, with Republicans winning 21 and Democrats winning 12. Going into Tuesday, Republicans held a majority in the Senate, with 54 seats vs. 44 for the Democrats. Two Independents in the Senate both caucus with the Democrats.

Hassan has served two terms as governor of New Hampshire.

Ayotte is known around Washington as a disciplined, careful politician who made a name for herself early in her Senate career as a defense hawk. The state's junior senator quickly rose to chair the Senate Armed Services subcommittee on readiness and management support. She is one of the more independent-voting Republicans, becoming a coveted vote on legislation.

New Hampshire voted for Hillary Clinton, the Democratic former secretary of state, in Tuesday’s presidential election.

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From staff and wire reports, powered by Heliograf, The Post's artificial intelligence system.

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