Nation follows our lead

New Hampshire is widely known for its first-in-the-nation presidential primary which takes place once every four years. However, the rest of the nation seems to following the Granite State’s lead in yet another realm of politics: electing women to the U.S. House and Senate.

Since Jan. 3, 2011, both of the states senators have been women. Moreover, since Jan. 3, 2013, New Hampshire’s entire congressional delegation has been female.

Now, at least six U.S. Senate races across the nation this November will feature a women carrying the Democratic Party flag against a woman holding the Republican Party banner.

For an open Senate seat in Arizona, Democratic Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema faces Republican Congresswoman Martha McSally.

In Minnesota, Democratic Sen. Tina Smith faces a challenge from Republican Karin Housley.

In Nebraska, Republican Sen. Deb Fischer squares off against Democratic challenger Jane Raybould.

In New York, Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand faces Republican Chele Farley.

Washington Democratic Sen. Maria Cantwell defends her seat against Republican Susan Hutchison.

In Wisconsin, Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin faces Republican challenger Leah Vukmir.

Watching two women square off for a Senate seat is familiar for Granite Staters. After an extremely close and competitive 2016 campaign, U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., defeated former Republican senator Kelly Ayotte. U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., has maintained her position since winning the 2008 election.

By the way, Shaheen and Hassan are the only women in U.S. history to be elected as both governors and U.S. senators.

On the House side, U.S. Reps. Annie Kuster and Carol Shea-Porter, both D-N.H., have been in their seats since the 2012 elections. Now, there are more female candidates for U.S. House this year, counting both incumbents and challengers, than for any election in the nation’s history.

Those who wonder how far women can make it in politics need only look to New Hampshire.