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Democrat Leishman wins Hillsborough County special election

A Democrat has won a special election for a rural Hillsborough County House district, grabbing a seat in a moderate Republican bastion that is home to Rep. Charles Bass and the late Walter Peterson.

Peter R. Leishman took the towns of Sharon, Peterborough and Greenville, according to incomplete results supplied by the Democratic Party. The tally was 1,260 to 824.

Republican David Simpson took New Ipswich 369 to 160.

Simpson challenged Leishman for the seat vacated by Greenville resident Robert Huxley, a Republican who vacated the seat in March, citing unanticipated personal and professional issues.

Leishman took Peterborough, the largest town in the district, by a more than 2-to-1 margin, as well as Sharon.

With a contentious legislative session behind them, political leaders have used the special elections as a gauge of the New Hampshire electorate.

Democrats have so far won two special elections for vacated House seats. Republicans have won another, but with a union firefighter who has said he will oppose right-to-work legislation. A veto override vote is pending before the House.

Three Republicans currently hold seats in Hillsborough County District 3.

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