Dems win NH Statehouse seat formerly held by man accused of running misogynistic forum
LACONIA — New Hampshire Democrats are celebrating after winning a special election Tuesday.
Democrat Charlie St. Clair defeated Republican Steven Whalley for Belknap County District 9 House seat. The seat has been vacant since Republican Robert Fisher resigned in May due to controversy surrounding posts on a misogynistic online forum known as the Red Pill.
The district includes a six wards in Laconia and the town of Belmont.
The vote tally was 1,267 to 1,009 (56 percent-44 percent).
"We're proud to welcome Representative-elect St. Clair to the legislature," House Democratic Leader Steve Shurtleff said in a statement. "Democrats are taking back red seats across the state by standing up for our values, offering a positive message, and being willing to work across the aisle. Belknap District 9 has elected a stellar public servant in Charlie St. Clair."
New Hampshire GOP Chair Jeanie Forrester dismissed the election results.
"Special elections often favor the party out of power," Forrester released in a statement. "The fact remains that under Republican leadership, 75 percent of voters agree New Hampshire is headed in the right direction. We remain confident Republicans will succeed in 2018 and beyond."
"I want to thank Steve Whalley for stepping up to the plate to run in this special election."