Despite Loss to Shaheen, Brown Hails Election as a 'Good Night in America'
Republicans will begin the 114th Congress in control of the Senate, but their former colleague Scott Brown will not be among them.
The Associated Press called the race in favor of Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) at about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday night, with one-third of precincts reporting and the incumbent ahead 52 percent to 48 percent. By Wednesday afternoon, with all precincts in, that lead remained virtually unchanged.
At her re-election event after midnight, Shaheen was all smiles as she was greeted by supporters chanting her name.
“Tonight the people of New Hampshire chose to put New Hampshire first,” she said.
During the event, Shaheen told supporters what was on her agenda for her second term – student loan reform, a “smart” energy policy, a minimum wage increase and pay equity – all of which will likely face strong opposition by the newly minted Republican Senate majority. Shaheen said she would work across the aisle “to get things done” to help the state’s “working families and small businesses.”
Brown, who held off conceding after the first AP projection, made a midnight speech of his own. Although it was not the speech he had hoped to be reading early Wednesday morning, he was humble and congratulatory toward his opponent.
“We stood strong, we fought, even in defeat,” he said. “You’ve got no business in politics unless you respect the judgment of the people….I respect the decision of the voters and I have already expressed my sincerest congratulations and good will wishes to Senator Shaheen.”
Despite his loss, Brown remarked that it was “a good night in America” because the Senate is in the hands of the Republican Party.
“Regardless of what happens here tonight I have one thing that has come true,” Brown said. “Harry Reid is the minority leader.”
With the loss, Brown is the first candidate to lose to two women in elections in different states. In 2012 he lost his Massachusetts seat to Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).