Repub­li­cans lose ground as Democ­rats win seats in piv­otal state­hous­es

Repub­li­cans in New Hamp­shire and Penn­syl­va­nia suf­fered loss­es in House spe­cial elec­tions, putting the par­ty’s major­i­ty in one of the state­hous­es in dan­ger.
New Hamp­shire Demo­c­rat Hal Rafter defeat­ed Repub­li­can James Guzof­s­ki in the spe­cial elec­tion in Rock­ing­ham Coun­ty Dis­trict 1 on Tues­day, flip­ping a seat held by a Repub­li­can who resigned in April. The loss on Tues­day night, com­bined with loss­es in the 2022 elec­tions, means the GOP only holds a 198–197 advan­tage over Democ­rats in the state­house.
WITH NO CLEAR PATH TO AVOID A SHUTDOWN, HOUSE REPUBLICANS’ INTERNAL TENSIONS SPEW INTO THE PUBLIC
The dis­trict, which vot­ed for Trump 49.1% to 48.7% in 2020, vot­ed for Rafter over Guzof­s­ki 55.9% to 44.1%, a mar­gin of 331 votes. Repub­li­cans hold a tri­fec­ta in the Gran­ite State, hav­ing a major­i­ty in the state House and state Sen­ate, along with hold­ing the gov­er­nor’s man­sion.
Repub­li­cans in Penn­syl­va­nia also suf­fered a spe­cial elec­tion loss, which means they will con­tin­ue to oper­ate in the minor­i­ty in the state­house. Demo­c­rat Lind­say Pow­ell eas­i­ly defeat­ed Repub­li­can Erin Con­nol­ly Aut­en­re­i­th in the heav­i­ly Demo­c­ra­t­ic dis­trict, keep­ing the Democ­rats’ slim major­i­ty at 102–101. The GOP lost 12 seats in the Penn­syl­va­nia State­house in the 2022 elec­tions, lead­ing to Demo­c­ra­t­ic con­tr …