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Woodburn loses but Democrats still appear to have taken both House and Senate in N.H.

  • An anti-Woodburn sign sits in a garage in downtown Whitefield on Wednesday, October 31, 2018. GEOFF FORESTER

  • David Starr at his home in Franconia on Wednesday, October 31, 2018. Starr is running against Jeff Woodburn for the New Hampshire state senate seat for the North Country. GEOFF FORESTER


By Associated Press
Wednesday, November 07, 2018

North Country state senator Jeff Woodburn, who is facing domestic violence charges, has lost his bid for a fourth term.

Woodburn, of Whitefield, faced Republican David Starr, of Franconia, on Tuesday to represent New Hampshire's North Country. Starr, who won the seat, is a retired engineer and former Air Force captain who hadn't run for office before.

Woodburn pleaded not guilty in August to nine charges alleging he struck and bit a woman, and kicked in the door of her home. He stepped down from his position as Senate minority leader after his arrest. He declined to resign from his seat despite pressure from fellow Democrats. Woodburn fended off a write-in challenge in September's primary election.

Despite Woodburn’s loss, Democrats appeared to have retaken both the House and Senate in New Hampshire, although as of Wednesday morning some races were still too close to call.

In the Senate, unofficial results showed the Democrats with 9 seats and leading in four, which would give them a 13-11 edge.  The GOP currently has a 14-10 lead.

In the House, the Democrats won 183 seats and are leading in 36, which if this holds would give them a 219-148 majority. The GOP currently has a 219-178 lead in that chamber.