New hampshire senate race

Ayotte Concedes New Hampshire Senate Race
Democrat Maggie Hassan beat the incumbent by a fraction of a percent

Gov. Maggie Hassan has declared victory in the New Hampshire Senate race though her opponent, incumbent Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte, is not conceding. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan is set to become the next senator from New Hampshire, as Republican incumbent Sen. Kelly Ayotte conceded the race Wednesday. 

Hassan led Ayotte 48 percent to 47.9 percent with 100 percent of precincts reporting, a difference of 716 votes, according to The Associated Press, which has not yet called the race. 

New Hampshire’s Tight-as-a-Clamshell Senate Race
An orgy of spending on a contest that could decide which party controls the Senate

Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., seen at a September Republican event, cannot avoid being hurt by Donald Trump's unpopularity in the Granite State, writes Walter Shapiro. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- It would be a final irony in a bizarre political year if America had to wait until the wee hours on Wednesday to find out which party will control the Senate because endangered GOP incumbent Kelly Ayotte wrote in Mike Pence for president as she planned.

In most New Hampshire towns, ballots with write-in votes for president are put aside to be counted at the end. And in state where, according to the new Granite State Poll, just 80 percent of Republicans are backing Donald Trump, Ayotte will not be the only GOP voter casting a symbolic ballot for president.

Republican Senate Ads Turn Toward Countering President Clinton
Outside groups stress the need not to have ‘another Hillary’ in the Senate

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which has clashed with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, recently cut an ad supportive of new Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

As it appears increasingly likely that Hillary Clinton will be the next president, many conservative outside groups are stressing the importance of maintaining Republican control of the Senate as a check on her presidency.

The Senate Leadership Fund, a super PAC allied with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, is putting $25 million into six key Senate races in an effort to counter the Democrats focusing their firepower on down-ballot races, CNN reported

Ep. 26: Women Could Make Up a Quarter of the Senate Next Year
The Week Ahead

If Democrats sweep on Election Day, the group of newly elected U.S. senators will be disproportionately female, better educated and not as white as the current Senate, says Roll Call senior editor David Hawkings. Find out who are the likely newcomers that will add a touch of diversity to the chamber that has been dominated by white, middle age or older men.

Democratic Super PAC Invests in Senate Races
Group had initially focused on backing Hillary Clinton

Former state Rep. Deborah Ross, right, is running against Sen. Richard M. Burr in a surprisingly tight race in North Carolina. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Democratic super PAC Priorities USA Action is planning to put some of its money into tight Senate races across the country. 

The group had been initially focused on supporting Hillary Clinton, primarily. But now the super PAC is planning on spending in races in North Carolina, Nevada, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania, CNN reported.

Ayotte Dumps Trump
New Hampshire senator says she will write in Mike Pence for president

Sen Kelly Ayotte had previously struggled with her support for Donald Trump. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

New Hampshire Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte said Saturday that she will not vote for her party's presidential nominee Donald Trump, in light of derogatory comments he made about assaulting women. 

Trump described his sexual advances — in graphic detail — in a video from 2005 obtained by The Washington Post.

Ep. 25: How Republicans Can Lose the Senate
The Week Ahead

Get an insider’s take on the cliffhanger battles in the six states that will determine control of the Senate with Roll Call’s Nathan Gonzales and representatives from two of the largest Republican and Democratic Super PACs. Ian Prior from Senate Leadership Fund and Shripal Shah from Senate Majority PAC take us behind-the-scenes in the Super PAC world and discuss their ad strategy.

Cruz Fundraising for Senate Republicans
Comes despite antagonizing many of his colleagues

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is raising cash for some fellow Republicans who have criticized him in the past. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file)

Many Senate Republicans don't have nice things to say about Texas Sen. Ted Cruz but he is about to help some of them raise money for their campaigns.

Cruz antagonized many of his Senate colleagues by helping to force a government shutdown in 2013. He angered others in July when he refused to endorse GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump after earlier pledging to do so during the Republican primaries.

George W. Bush Lends Fundraising Hand in Indiana Senate Race
Former president to attend 2 events for Republican Todd Young

Former President George W. Bush, center, has been generous in giving to down-ballot candidates. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former President George W. Bush will raise money for Indiana Rep. Todd Young's Senate campaign on Monday.

Young's campaign said it would not disclose the location of the event in Elkhart, which was announced last month, nor would there be media availability. Bush will also raise money with Young in Indianapolis.

End Citizens United Targets Ayotte and Heck in TV and Digital Ads
Democratic PAC calls out Republicans for ties to 'corporate special interests'

The Democratic PAC End Citizens United is hitting New Hampshire Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte for siding with "corporate special interests." (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

End Citizens United is launching two new ads Tuesday targeting New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte and Rep. Joe Heck, who is running for the Senate in Nevada. 

The Democratic PAC has endorsed the Senate bids of New Hampshire Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan and former Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto.