Carol Shea-Porter

House race will mean state's first black or gay congressman

The Republican and Democrat in New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District race understand they have the chance to make history but are approaching their roles as trailblazers a little differently.

Democrat Chris Pappas is embracing the fact he could become the state's first openly gay congressman while his Republican opponent, Eddie Edwards, is directing questions away from the fact he would be the first African-American House member in the predominantly white state whose black population is less than 2 percent. Instead, he wanted to keep the focus on the issues.


Both men survived a crowded primary field Tuesday night that had 17 candidates and offer voters a...

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