New Hampshire Republicans may be split on Trump vs. Haley, but they’re all cheering wins in both special elections held Tuesday to fill vacant House seats in Coos County. The House GOP picked up more seats in Tuesday’s special elections than in all of 2023, when it went 0-5 against the Democrats.
Once the two new members are sworn in, Speaker Sherm Packard (R-Londonderry) will have a 200-195 majority.
Packard posted messages of congratulations on social media to Reps.-elect Sean Durkin in Northumberland and Mike Murphy in Gorham.
Durkin defeated Cathleen Fountain in the Northumberland race, and Murphy beat former state Rep. Edith Tucker, flipping the seat from Democrat to GOP.
Greg Moore, Regional Director of Americans for Prosperity, told NHJournal that Durkin is an AFP “policy champion” and predicted “he will be a leader in delivering fiscal responsibility to Concord.”
Rep. Ross Berry (R-Manchester), who serves as vice chair of the Committee to Elect House Republicans, gave credit for the GOP victories to an adversary.
“I would like to thank President Joe Biden and his total disrespect of our First in the Nation Primary for these two wins. Granite Staters saw House Democrats bending the knee to Biden via an embarrassing write-in campaign,” Berry said. “Maybe next time they will pick New Hampshire over the DNC. But then again, probably not.”