Dems flip two GOP-held seats in special elections

Dems flip two GOP-held seats in special elections
Democratic candidates on Tuesday won two special elections for state legislative seats in the Northeast, another indication for the party that a blue wave is forming ahead of November's midterm elections.
 
In New Hampshire, Laconia voters elected substance abuse counselor Philip Spagnuolo (D) over Republican Les Cartier, a former state employee, in a district President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nominates ambassador to Turkey Trump heads to Mar-a-Lago after signing bill to avert shutdown CNN, MSNBC to air ad turned down by Fox over Nazi imagery MORE carried by a 13-point margin in 2016.
 
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The district opened up when the incumbent, state Rep. Donald Flanders (R), died in September.
 
 
Both Young and Cabral were former Stratford town councilmembers. The seat became open when state Rep. Laura Hoydick (R) resigned to become mayor of Stratford.
 
The wins Tuesday night extend the Democratic advantage in special elections held since Trump was inaugurated last year. In 2018 alone, Democrats have won Republican-held state legislative seats in Wisconsin, Florida, Kentucky and Missouri.
 
The New Hampshire seat is the fifth Democrats have taken from Republicans since Trump's inauguration. 
 
Neither election held Tuesday will substantially alter local politics in New Hampshire or Connecticut. Republicans maintain a wide majority in the New Hampshire state House, while Democrats have added to their majority in the Connecticut state House.
 
National Democrats bragged that they spent significantly in both races. And a group run by former Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander (D) also spent money in the New Hampshire special election.