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DLCC Flips Fifth New Hampshire Seat from Red to Blue, 38th Seat to Flip Nationwide

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February 27, 2018
Mara Sloan
DLCC Communications Director
[email protected]
DLCC Flips Fifth New Hampshire Seat from Red to Blue, 38th Seat to Flip Nationwide
Democratic Representative-elect Phil Spagnuolo carries special election in Laconia district

WASHINGTON — Tonight Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC) Executive Director Jessica Post celebrated yet another special election win, this time in New Hampshire. Representative-elect Phil Spagnuolo claimed victory in the special election for House District Belknap-03, defeating his Republican opponent in a district Trump won by over 12 points in 2016.

Tonight’s victory marks the 38th seat to flip from red to blue since Trump’s inauguration, and continues DLCC’s four-week flip streak after previous wins in KentuckyFloridaMinnesota, and Missouri.

“Tonight’s win is a perfect example of the DLCC’s win strategy,” said Post. “The DLCC made significant structural investments in this chamber, which allowed our legislative leaders and New Hampshire Democrats to build a strong team to recruit the best candidates and flip five seats from red to blue across the state. The DLCC is proud of our winning partnership with New Hampshire Democrats, who have continued to deliver outstanding results and special election wins. Representative-elect Phil Spagnuolo will be a strong voice for the people of Laconia in the state House, and we congratulate him on his victory tonight.”
So far, the DLCC has invested almost $150,000 in New Hampshire, helping to fund key staff positions, build out campaign operations, provide resources for paid media, and procure data critical to Democrats’ multiple special election wins, including the five seats flipped from red to blue. Through regular communication with the campaign and state party, DLCC staff provided consistent strategic support throughout the race, helping the campaign with decision making and preparing winning campaign strategies.
The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee is the only organization exclusively committed to electing Democrats to state legislatures all over the country and winning Democratic control of chambers. For over two decades, the DLCC has been working with state legislative leaders to invest strategically in state programs, which has led to Democrats flipping 38 seats since Trump’s inauguration. The DLCC is building on Democrats’ winning momentum and continues to lay the groundwork for substantial gains in 2018 in statehouses nationwide. State Democrats recently scored critical victories in KentuckyFlorida, MinnesotaMissouri, Washington, Virginia, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Florida, New Hampshire, Georgia, and elsewhere, while also leading the resistance against the Trump administration’s extremist policies. You can learn more about critical upcoming elections and follow DLCC’s Spotlight Races at
For more information or to schedule an interview with the DLCC, please contact Mara Sloan at [email protected].
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