|New Hampshire's 2nd congressional district|
New Hampshire's 2nd congressional district covers the western, northern, and some southern parts of New Hampshire. It includes the state's second-largest city, Nashua, as well as the state capital, Concord.
Although the district appears rural, it is classified by the Census Bureau as a majority urban district, since a large share of the district's population lies within more densely populated areas in Hillsborough, Rockingham and Merrimack counties.
The district is home to the Dartmouth College, the state's 2nd largest college.
Cities and towns currently in the district
The district includes:
- the town of Center Harbor in Belknap County
- all of Cheshire County
- all of Coos County
- all of Grafton County except the town of Campton
- all of Hillsborough County except the communities of Bedford, Goffstown, Manchester, and Merrimack
- all of Merrimack County except the town of Hooksett
- the towns of Atkinson, Deerfield, Northwood, Salem, and Windham in Rockingham County
- all of Sullivan County
Until 1847, New Hampshire's representatives were elected at large from the entire state and not from districts. Districts began being used in the 1847 elections.
Until the 1878 elections, New Hampshire elected its members of the United States House of Representatives in March of the odd-numbered years. That would be too late for the beginning of the March 4 term, but the first session of the House typically didn't start until December so a March election wasn't a problem.
The district currently includes Dartmouth College and all of its representatives since 1995 (Bass, Hodes, and Kuster) have been Dartmouth alumni.
List of members representing the district
Historically the second district has had strong Republican leanings having voted Republican 71 times and Democrat only 15. The district has leaned Democratic in congressional races since 2006 and in presidential races since 2000.
Recent election results from state-wide races:
Recent election results
|Democratic||Ann McLane Kuster||169,275||50.2|
|Republican||Charles Bass (incumbent)||152,977||45.3|
|Democratic gain from Republican|
|Democratic||Ann McLane Kuster (incumbent)||130,700||54.9|
|Democratic||Ann McLane Kuster (incumbent)||174,495||49.7|
|Democratic||Ann McLane Kuster (incumbent)||155,358||55.5|
|Democratic||Ann McLane Kuster (incumbent)||207,863||53.91|
Historical district boundaries
- New Hampshire's 1st congressional district
- New Hampshire's congressional districts
- List of United States congressional districts
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