Democrats in New Hampshire flipped a House seat from red to blue in a special election Tuesday night.
Democrate Charlie St. Clair won the the Belknap County District 9 special election for state representative by a margin of 56%-44%. He defeated Republican challenger Stephen Whalley.
The victory is significant considering there are 12 percent more Republicans registered than Democrats in the district, and Donald Trump carried the New Hampshire 9th by 17 points in the 2016 election, 56%-39% — meaning the September 12 victory for the Democrats was a 28-point swing.
— John DiStaso (@jdistaso) September 13, 2017
St. Clair won by about 360 votes, local reports said, and is the first Democrat to represent the district since 2012.
“This victory shows once again that Democrats can compete in any district in 2018,” New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley said. “Thank’s to Representative-elect St. Clair’s hard work, positive message, and record of community involvement, Democrats are four of five in special elections this year, flipping seats in heavily Republican districts.”
— WMUR TV (@WMUR9) September 13, 2017
The state rep seat was left open following the resignation of Republican Rep. Robert Fisher, who was outed as the founder of a misogynistic online community called The Red Pill, and was deemed to have lied about his involvement.
Big win for Democrat Charlie St. Clair, 1,267-1,009 over Republican Steve Whalley in Belknap NH House special election. #nhpolitics
— Kevin Landrigan (@KlandriganUL) September 13, 2017
So far Democrats have flipped five legislative seats previously occupied by Republicans this year, and the Republicans have yet to flip a seat, the Daily Kos reported.
Obama won this seat by less than a point, so Dem Charlie St. Clair's victory is a 12-point swing from 2012 results as well
— Daily Kos Elections (@DKElections) September 13, 2017
St. Clair was born in Laconia and is the executive director of motorcycle week there since 1991. He’s also served on the planning board and a number of committees in town. St. Clair owns the Laconia Antique Center.
Trump won this district by 17%. Democrat Charlie St. Clair just won it by 12%.
A nearly 30 point swing. https://t.co/VZnTtRQJrD
— Anjan (@HeyAnjan) September 13, 2017
“We need to stop the down-shifting of costs from the State to the towns without funds…These actions hurt our tax base, our home owners, our elderly and our young who feel the direct pressure on our rents, our property taxes, and our schools,” St. Clair said when he announced his candidacy. “Seventeen out of 18 of other State Representatives who form the County Convention and who have oversight of county spending, seem to have the intent of cutting costs without regard to the consequences, both long and short term. I want to help change that. I am a practical, no nonsense type of guy and want to do the right thing and not get bogged down by political dogma.”