BREAKING: Casey Conley wins Strafford District 13 special election, NH Democrats now 6 of 8 in 2017
Concord, N.H. - Tonight, Casey Conley won the Strafford County District 13 state House special election, 319-59 (78%-14%). Conley defeated Guy Eaton, outperforming Hillary Clinton by 11% and President Obama's 2012 performance by 9%. Representative-elect Conley will replace Isaac Epstein, who resigned his seat in June after running unopposed and winning in the 2016 general election. Libertarian Brian Shields received 31 votes. Conley's victory mark's the sixth special election win for New Hampshire Democrats in 2017 in eight chances. Democrats are averaging 78% of the vote in Democratic districts, and 53% in Republican districts. New Hampshire Democrats are now responsible for 6 of the 23 Democratic special election wins across the US since the 2016 general election. New Hampshire House Democratic Leader Steve Shurtleff issued the following statement: "Congratulations to Representative-elect Conley. As the father of two young children, I know he will fight for a fairer future for Granite Staters. He will be a champion for working families, he'll fight for access to affordable health care, and most importantly, he'll listen intently to his community's concerns. We are excited to welcome a great addition to the New Hampshire House of Representatives." NHDP Chair Ray Buckley issued the following statement: "Representative-elect Conley's victory is a win for Democratic values and yet another statement about the post-2017 energy and effort we're seeing across the state. New Hampshire Democrats have now won an unprecedented 6 seats in 8 chances this year, signaling exciting things to come for Democrats in the lead-up to the 2018 midterm elections. Granite Staters continue to reject the dangerous Trump-Sununu agenda at the ballot box and we will continue to compete for every seat in the state."