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Democrats, Republicans seek to raise money off GOP victory in Claremont special election

A day after Claremont Republican Joe Osgood won a seat in the state House in a special election, both Democrats and Republicans are trying to raise money off the race.

Unsurprisingly, they have different pitches.

“Joe ran an outstanding race, and his victory proved that voters want more fiscally conservative Republicans in Concord because they understand that Governor Hassan has failed to provide effective fiscal leadership,” wrote New Hampshire Republican Party Chairwoman Jennifer Horn in an email to supporters. “We need to keep the momentum going. And we need to continue to build a strong state party that will help elect more Republicans in 2014.”

New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley had a simple message in his email to supporter: “we were outspent.”

“Our candidate ran a clean and informative campaign standing up for our public schools and investing in our New Hampshire economy. Despite all our hard work, Republicans poured more money into this district and won,” Buckley wrote. “We cannot let this happen again.”

(Ben Leubsdorf can be reached at 369-3307 or bleubsdorf@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @BenLeubsdorf.)

QUICK: name the top issue facing NH voters today....now go back up and read the message from the 2 party leaders - Horn and Republicans easily win

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