The New Hampshire House appears poised to return to Democratic control, capping off a wild election in which New Hampshire voted for a Democratic president, a Democratic governor, two Democratic congresswomen and a Democratic majority on the Executive Council.
House Democrats issued a press release Wednesday saying that preliminary election results show House Democrats will regain the majority by a 217-177 margin with six contests yet to be decided.
"As candidates for the New Hampshire House, we listened to voters across the state, and throughout all of our conversations with Independents, Republicans, and Democrats the message was crystal clear – return common sense to Concord!" House Democratic Leader and former House Speaker Terie Norelli of Portsmouth said in a prepared statement. "They told us they wanted a Legislature to put partisan politics aside and work on the issues that mattered to Granite Staters, in a civilized way. And that's exactly what we plan to do."
The New Hampshire Senate appears set to remain in Republican control. Right now, the Senate count is 13 Republicans and 11 Democrats, with two Democratic candidates considering recounts.
In her statement, Norelli said House Democrats "look forward to collaboratively working with our new Democratic Governor Maggie Hassan and the Republican-led State Senate to move our great state forward."