Dems Pick Up House Seat In Wolfeboro, As GOP Holds On In Hillsborough County

May 24, 2017

New Hampshire Statehouse
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Democrats picked up a seat in the New Hampshire House Tuesday, after pulling off an upset in the typically Republican stronghold town of Wolfeboro.

Democrat Edith DesMarais won a special election to replace Republican Harold Parker, who resigned to join Governor Chris Sununu's administration.

It was an unexpected victory, and one the state Democratic Party is touting as symbolic of a shift in the political tide.

Meanwhile, Republicans held on to a seat in another special election Tuesday in Hillsborough County.

Republican Mark McLean won the race to fill the seat left vacant after fellow Republican Steve Vaillancourt died in March.

McLean will represent the town of Litchfield, as well as Manchester Wards 8 and 9.