First two seats flip to Democrats in the Trump era

In New Hampshire, Democrat Edie DesMarais won a state house race on Tuesday, which is the first seat to flip from Democrats to Republicans in the country since President Trump was elected. The district voted for Trump in 2016 by a margin of 51-44.

DesMarais will be the first Democrat to hold the seat in the district’s history, after beating out Republican Matthew Plache for the Wolfeboro seat. The vote was 811 to 755.

And in New York, also on Tuesday, Democrat Christine Pellegrino defeated Conservative Tom Gargiulo in the 9th Assembly District special election. Pellegrino becomes the first Democrat to hold the Assembly seat, winning by a 58 to 42 percent margin.

Newsday reports that “Democrats would hardly compete in the 9th, a horseshoe-shaped
district on the Nassau-Suffolk county line that includes Massapequa, West Babylon, Babylon Village, West Islip and West Bay Shore.

Democrats said though that “in a low-turnout special election with progressives and union members galvanized by opposition to Trump, they had hope.”

And they won.

Two state-level elections in seats traditionally held by Republican is hardly a trend but, like they said in New York, it gives Democrats hope.

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