MEMO: In An Uncertain National Climate, New Hampshire Democrats Have Already Beat Expectations
KEY TAKEAWAY: New Hampshire Republicans are running the most extreme set of candidates in modern history, defined by their extreme positions on Social Security, abortion rights, and election denial, while New Hampshire Democrats have put forward a slate of candidates known for their high level of public service, commitment to bipartisanship, and seriousness about the issues Granite Staters face today.
TOPLINES: Granite State Democrats have been building momentum for the November midterm election for over a year.
Democrats have made unprecedented investments in our field program, hiring staff earlier and opening field offices in more districts than ever before.
Our legislative campaigns have set records in their fundraising this cycle, with the House legislative caucus organizations alone raising over $1.3 million this cycle — triple their best past performances.
2021 saw THREE back-to-back highly competitive special election victories for Democratic State House candidates — including in the Republican stronghold of Bedford.
On Town Meeting Days, Democrats swept in races all across the state, winning offices like Selectboard, Town Moderator, and Budget Committee in towns like Goffstown, Gilford, Salem, and Bedford — all historically deep red towns.
In all ten towns with warrant articles that would have eliminated voting machines — Alton, Goffstown, Hampton, Hudson, Kensington, Milton, Raymond, Rye, Salem, Windham — voters uniformly rejected the Big Lie, the notion that New Hampshire’s elections are not secure, and extremist Republican attempts to undermine our democracy.
Democrats won 10 of 13 races for mayor in November 2021 municipal elections.
Over 45 young Democrats across the state in towns like Exeter, Londonderry, Milford, and Bedford were elected to local office in March 2022 Town Meeting Day.
The closure of Gunstock — similar to that of Croydon — has been a self-inflicted Republican disaster for Belknap County, and voters are paying attention.
Our federal delegation has delivered for Granite Staters time after time, with essential votes in passing the Inflation Reduction Act, the American Rescue Plan, the CHIPS Act, and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
New Hampshire Democrats have historically bucked national election trends, and with major legislative wins being delivered by our federal delegation, and an historically low-quality slate of Republicans on both the local and national levels, one thing is clear — New Hampshire Democrats are going into November in a strong position to defy national trends.