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Gov. Hassan Running For Senate

Maggie Hassan
New Hampshire Governor's office

New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan has announced she's running for the U.S. Senate.

In an online video released Monday morning, the Democratic governor says she's running to get a response from Washington that matches progress New Hampshire has made in promoting business innovation and expanding economic opportunity. She says Washington has given in to powerful special interests and lobbyists "who rigged the system for themselves and against the middle class."

The second-term governor is the first Democrat to announce she's in the race to challenge Republican U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte. The 57-year-old Hassan is considered the best challenger for Ayotte in a swing state that could be pivotal in the contest to control the Senate.

Ayotte was elected in 2010. She says she expects a "very spirited campaign."

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