WASHINGTON — Democrat Muriel Hall won a special election today in Merrimack-23 today, holding this competitive seat and adding to a string of Democratic special election victories across the country. The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee invested $34,000 in the race and ran a digital campaign through its independent expenditure program to protect the seat. Hall’s win comes as the New Hampshire GOP pursues an increasingly extremist agenda. A right-wing Republican-aligned PAC spent over $30,000 on the competitive district, where Democratic candidates collectively only outperformed Republicans by five points last November.
“I’d like to extend my congratulations to Muriel Hall and our partners in New Hampshire for a well-deserved victory,” said DLCC President Jessica Post. “She’s ready to fight for her community in Concord and will help stand up to Republicans’ divisive policies. We’re making smart investments in these special elections to build momentum for Democrats heading into the midterm election cycle.”
Before running for office, Hall worked as an educator for over 40 years. She defeated Christopher Lins in the race, a far-right conspiracy theorist who denied that January 6th was an insurrection and claimed antifa was behind it. His views, while reprehensible, are by no means unique among state legislative Republicans, who’ve become increasingly prominent conduits for misinformation.
This year, New Hampshire Republicans have used their majority to drive a divisive, partisan agenda. The GOP recently unveiled an anti-abortion proposal that will ban the procedure after 24 weeks and are working to undermine any federal voting-related legislation.