The PJ Tatler

Shaheen Keeps Seat Despite Aggressive Brown Challenge (UPDATE: Concession)

Despite an aggressive challenge from a former Massachusetts senator, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) appeared to have held onto her seat Tuesday.

Shaheen had 51 percent compared to Scott Brown’s 49 percent with 42 percent of precincts reporting, and networks called the race.

But with 77 percent of the vote in, just a few hundred votes separated the two.

Brown refused to concede as Shaheen remained within striking distance.

The incumbent had been leading in most polls ever since Brown announced he would gun for her seat. The gap between the two, though, had narrowed considerably in the weeks leading up to the election.

Brown released a video Sunday featuring former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney telling voters that today was the “last chance to pass judgment on President Obama’s record.”

“Scott Brown will lead us in a new direction with more jobs and renewed sense of pride a and purpose,” Romney said. “For a better future, join me in supporting Scott Brown for Senate.”

Shaheen campaigned Sunday with Hillary Clinton.

“The momentum and excitement is undoubtedly behind Senator Shaheen going into Election Day,” Shaheen communications director Harrell Kirstein said Monday. “As Hillary Clinton said, there are two types of senators: there are showhorses and there are workhorses. Senator Shaheen is a workhorse who always puts New Hampshire first. New Hampshire families know that and they are fired up to get to the polls tomorrow to cast their ballot and reelect Jeanne Shaheen to the United States Senate.”

UPDATE 1 a.m. EST: Brown conceded the race, telling supporters that he is happy enough to see Harry Reid (D-Nev.) ousted as Senate majority leader.