Libertarians did not "split the ticket" in 2018

Nov 15, 2018
Libertarian ballot

For the first time in twenty years, Libertarians had their own party column on New Hampshire ballots in 2018. Since Democrats took the New Hampshire House and Senate in 2018, it begs the question: did Libertarians "split the ticket" and steal Republican votes in 2018?

The answer seems to be "nope."

Libertarian participation in the 2018 midterm

Libertarians ran in 27 state districts in the general election this year.

Representatives switch parties

Apr 24, 2017
Caleb Dyer and Mariellen MacKay switch political parties

Last week state Representative Mariellen MacKay of Nashua switched her party affiliation from Democrat to Republican.

MacKay is not the first representative to switch parties this session. In February, Rep. Robert Theberge also changed parties from Democrat to Republican. The same month, Rep. Caleb Dyer from Hudson switched his party affiliation from Republican to Libertarian. 

Currently, there is no state law that bans a representative from changing their political party while in office, and the issue is not addressed in either the House or Senate rules.

Jasper and Party clash over Speaker election

Nov 17, 2016

There are four Republicans running for New Hampshire Speaker of the House: Shawn Jasper (the current speaker), Carol McGuire (a libertarian-leaning Representative), Laurie Sanborn (a conservative focused on business issues), and Frank Sapareto (a somewhat moderate Republican who favors mar

Is the party system rigged?

Oct 12, 2016

In a recent interview with the Union Leader, independent congressional candidate Shawn O’Connor said the Democratic Party rigged the system against him, excluding him from events and smearing his campaign when he was still running as a Democrat. 

The state Democratic Party strongly disputes O’Connor’s claims.

House Speaker supports Republican changes

Sep 09, 2016

New Hampshire House Speaker Shawn Jasper and Majority Leader Richard Hinch have proposed simplifying the state Republican Party platform to remove many specific policies.

For example, Jasper and Hinch want to remove support for Right-to-Work, opposition to Medicaid expansion, and the call to overturn the Claremont education funding decisions. Instead, they want the platform to outline broad conservative principles that can guide individual policy decisions as they arise.

O'Brien Rebels

Dec 17, 2014

On Tuesday, December 17, supporters of former House Speaker Bill O'Brien held a closed door meeting at which they decided to push for a change to House rules that would require the Speaker to name the elected leader of the Republican caucus to the majority leader position.

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