Democrat Chris Pappas will become New Hampshire’s first openly gay member of Congress after defeating Republican Eddie Edwards in the 1st Congressional District.
With 90 percent of the votes counted, Pappas received 53 percent.
The district, which includes Greater Manchester, is regarded as one of the most competitive electoral districts in the United States.
Indeed, Pappas emerged out of a field of 11 contenders in this year’s primary, including Levi Sanders, son of former U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.
Of Greek descent via his paternal great-grandfather, Pappas entered political office in 2002 after being elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives, where he served two terms.
He then was elected to two terms as Hillsborough County treasurer, and has been elected to three consecutive terms on the New Hampshire Executive Council, most recently in 2016.
Proud to be part of this historic slate of LGBTQ+ candidates. Thanks @Trevornoah for shining a light on the progress we’ve made as a country & the enormous effort it took to get us here. Happy #PrideMonth #nhpolitics #NH01 pic.twitter.com/Ey3lJsRykN
— Chris Pappas (@ChrisPappasNH) June 29, 2018