BREAKING: Erika Connors flips special election seat, Brian Sullivan wins as NH Dems pick up 2 seats
BREAKING: Erika Connors flips special election seat, Brian Sullivan wins as NH Dems pick up 2 seats Concord, N.H. - Tonight, Erika Connors defeated Albert MacArthur Jr. 1,198 votes to 1,178 votes to become the newest State Representative in Hillsborough County District 15. Erika's victory comes in a district with 5% more registered Republicans than Democrats, where President Trump received 53% of the vote. Connors win marks Democrats fifth win in a Republican district in seven tries. Brian Sullivan won the Sullivan County District 1 state House special election, 1,327-671 (66%-34%), defeating Republican opponent Margaret Drye. Representative-elect Conley will replace Rep. Andrew Smith who resigned in June. Tonight's victories mark New Hampshire's seventh and eighth special election wins in ten tries in 2017. New Hampshire House Democratic Leader Steve Shurtleff issued the following statement: "Congratulations to our two newest Representatives-elect on their victories tonight. In Brian Sullivan, the House gains a public servant who has spent his career fighting to improve New Hampshire schools and to help working families. In Erika Connors, we gain a passionate, dedicated champion of public schools who will always fight for Manchester Ward 8. Their commitment to fighting for Democratic values will make them wonderful additions to the New Hampshire House of Representatives." NHDP Chair Ray Buckley issued the following statement: "Tonight's victories are yet another example of Granite Staters showing up in unprecedented numbers to support strong Democratic candidates. New Hampshire Democrats have now won 8 out of 10 special elections this year. New Hampshire voters are rejecting the Trump-Sununu agenda by showing up to the polls and electing Democrats to office. There is no seat Democrats can't compete for in 2017 and these wins put us that much closer to taking back state and national majorities a year from now."