Republican Bill Boyd won a New Hampshire House special election Tuesday in Merrimack, a small town carried by President Joe Biden during the 2020 election.
Town Councilor Bill Boyd defeated former Democrat state Rep. Wendy Thomas in the state’s first election since the 2020 cycle. The win adds to the Republican majority, now at 213-186.
The vacancy arose after the death of state Rep. Dick Hinch in December. He passed away at the age of 71 and was a veteran in the U.S. Navy.
Local outlet WMUR stated the race was “believed to be the most expensive special election in state history.” They reported an estimated $100,000 spent on the election.
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2020 Congressional candidate Matt Mowers noted in the statement that he had hosted fundraisers with former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), raising more than $15,000 for the New Hampshire GOP’s special election efforts.
State Republican Party Chair Stephen Stepanek congratulated Boyd on his victory.
“I want to thank Bill Boyd for stepping up to run to represent the citizens of Merrimack,” Stepanek said. “I want to thank Gov. Chris Sununu, the House Republican PAC and all of the New Hampshire groups who helped us.”
Boyd’s early victory stands as an encouragement to other Republicans considering a run in the state. The Republican victory also stands in contrast with President Joe Biden’s win in New Hampshire in 2020.