Shays Out: Denied By the Democrats

Last New England Republican in the U.S. House Defeated

By Kyle Reyes
|  Wednesday, Nov 5, 2008  |  Updated 8:42 AM EDT
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Shays Out: Denied By the Democrats

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Chris Shays concedes seat in CT's 4th District. Democrat Jim Himes wins.

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Rep. Chris Shays, the final Republican in the U.S. House from New England, was unseated by Democrat Jim Himes Tuesday. 

Shays had a long run - he was seeking his 11th term in Fairfield County.  His loss gives Connecticut an all-Democratic House Delegation. 

Himes, of Greenwich, is a former Goldman Sachs vice president.  He now runs Northeast operations at Enterprise Community Partners, which is an affordable housing operation.

Other Connecticut seats in the U.S. House:

  • Rep. Joseph Courtney beat Republican Sean Sullivan in the 2nd District.
  • Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro of New Haven easily claimed a 10th term, beating Republican Bo Itshaky of Bethany.
  • Congressman John Larson of East Hartford will enter his 6th term in Congress, taking the seat from Republican Joseph Visconti in the 1st District.
  • Freshman Rep. Chris Murphy edged out his challenger, Republican state Senator David Cappiello.

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