New Hampshire Democrats scored a victory in Tuesday’s special election, where Democrat Bob Perry bested Republican Honey Puterbaugh for the Strafford County District 3 open House seat. The seat was left vacant when Republican Rep. Martin Harty resigned earlier this year amid controversy over comments he made about the mentally ill.
Perry beat Puterbaugh by a substantial margin of close to 20 percent, according to early numbers, winning five of the six towns in the district.
While special election results are often essentially pre-determined based on a given district’s political leanings, this particular contest has been billed as an indication of the strength of both the Republican state legislative agenda and the individual parties’ organizational abilities as it occurred in what is traditionally a swing district.
Republicans still hold seven of the district’s eight seats, with Perry joining the group as its lone Democrat.
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