Democrats in New Hampshire flipped a House seat from red to blue in a special election Tuesday night.
Democrat 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.
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.”