CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- Former Manchester Mayor Frank Guinta has defeated Democrat Carol Shea-Porter in New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District after a campaign spent casting the two-term incumbent as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's spendthrift shadow.
Guinta, a 40-year-old Republican whose experience includes one term in the state Legislature and two as mayor, was dogged throughout the campaign by questions about his personal finances. But he kept the focus on the issues, contrasting his record of enacting Manchester's first tax cut in a decade with what he called Shea-Porter's failure to protect small businesses.
Guinta also emphasized his opposition to the national health care overhaul legislation and the federal stimulus package Shea-Porter unabashedly supported.
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