1788-89 U.S. House of Representatives Elections: New Hampshire, Abiel Foster

Abiel Foster [F]
1,612 (56.56%)
+374
Unsupporting [U]
1,238 (43.44%)

Abiel Foster came in fourth place with 1,612 votes, and accordingly was not one of the three candidates elected. The pseudo-opponent Unsupporting refers to the number of voters who did not cast a vote for him—actually an approximation, as the exact number of voters cannot be determined with certainty. Asterisked (*) numbers are based on partial returns.

New Hampshire was entitled to elect three representatives in this election (U.S. Const. art. I, §2, cl. 3). Under a state law adopted November 12, 1788, all three were elected at-large, and each voter was entitled to vote for up to three candidates.

These results are for the second round of voting, held February 2, 1789. When the first round was held on December 15, 1788, no candidate received a majority of the vote, which was a requirement for election. Under state law, only the candidates with the six highest vote totals proceeded to the second round.