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Out candidate Chris Pappas wins New Hampshire Democratic primary

Openly gay candidate Chris Pappas wins New Hampshire's Democratic primary 1st district.
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With 84% of the precincts reporting, out gay candidate Chris Pappas was declared the winner of the Democratic primary in New Hampshire's 1st U.S. House district according to LGBTQ Nation

Pappas got 42% of the vote in the 11-way primary race, the winner would replace retiring Representative Carol Shea-Porter (D).

Pappas got the endorsement from the New Hampshire Democrats, Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan and Representative Ann McLane Kuster.

In a TV ad Pappas said his campaign was funded by people who actually live in the state, unlike his opponent Maura Sullivan who may have raised more funds, but only just moved to there. 

Annise Parker of the LGBTQ Victory Fund said, “Chris Pappas continues to smash long-standing political barriers for LGBTQ New Hampshirites — and his victory is emblematic of the pipeline of LGBTQ leaders who continue to rise through the ranks to better serve their constituents. Democratic primary voters are demanding authentic, values-driven leaders who prioritize policies over politics — and they found that leader in Chris.”'

Pappas will face former South Hampton Police Chief Eddie Edwards in the general election, someone endorsed by former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

LGBTQ Nation reports that New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District is one of a few Democratically-held House seats that voted for Trump and they often swing from Democrats to Republicans. 

The Democrats will have to win 23 seats without losing any they already have in order to win the House this fall.

Chris Pappas was born and raised in Manchester, New Hampshire.