In the special election to replace retiring Republican representative Phil Smith, Democrat John Robinson won. He won both Londonderry and Auburn, even though the area went to Bush by double digits in 2004. Robinson was a self-described moderate, his opponent a right-winger on the issues.
Of course this is only one seat, possibly retaken by Republicans in the general election, but in so many special elections over the past year we have seen sensible candidates (in Missouri, in Minnesota, Virginia, now New Hampshire). Over and over voters have had a choice between basic human decency and scare campaigns, and they have flushed the latter down the choice.
Let's hope this is a harbinger for the upcoming midterms. Whether it is or not, congratulations to John Robinson, and may he help the sane members of both parties accomplish good things in New Hampshire.