Maggie Hassan won on Tuesday, becoming New Hampshire’s second woman to be elected governor in her own right. She will be the only female Democratic governor in the entire nation when the new year begins. Democratic Governors Christine Gregoire (WA) and Beverly Perdue (NC) chose not to run for reelection in 2012. This means there will be just 5 women governors (1D, 4R), a decline from the current six. Hassan will join Republican women governors: Jan Brewer in AZ, Mary Fallin in OK, Susana Martinez in NM, and Nikki Haley in SC.
Maggie Hassan was the only woman with a major party nomination for governor in 2012 and ran for an open seat.