Former Afghan refugee wins New Hampshire primary, ousting 4-term incumbent in state legislature

Safiya Wazir, a 27-year-old former refugee from Afghanistan who is now an American citizen, beat out four-term New Hampshire state Rep. Dick Patten (D) in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday night.

If she defeats her Republican opponent in November, Wazir would become the first refugee to ever serve in public office in the state. She immigrated to Concord, New Hampshire about 11 years ago, as the Taliban consolidated power in Afghanistan.

Patten ran a negative campaign against ...