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2020 Governor's Race

Governor Chris Sununu voting in Newfields on November 3, 2020.
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New Hampshire voters may have re-elected Democrats to the U.S. Senate and congressional seats this week. But when it came to State House races, Republicans are the ones celebrating.

Republicans appear poised to claim new majorities in the state Senate and House of Representatives, as well as the Executive Council. And Gov. Chris Sununu, a Republican from Newfields, was perhaps the biggest victor on Tuesday night, winnning re-election by a 2 to 1 margin over his challengers. 

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In some ways, New Hampshire’s election results amount to a ringing endorsement of the status quo in state politics. Incumbents Jeanne Shaheen, Chris Pappas and Annie Kuster all won reelection to their seats in the U.S. Senate and Congress. And Gov. Chris Sununu easily won a third term.

Governor Chris Sununu talks to supporters in Newfields on Election Day 2020.
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Gov. Chris Sununu has won election to a third term as New Hampshire governor. The Newfields Republican called his victory a mandate on his management skills and his promise to stay faithful to core GOP principles of limited government and local control.

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After months of debates, ad buys and social media quips, Republican Gov. Chris Sununu and his Democratic challenger state Sen. Dan Feltes spent the last weekend of the campaign doing some retail style politicking. 

There is a lot on the country's plate right now: a pandemic, economic disruption, a racial justice crisis, and serious climate change threats.

All are getting some attention on the New Hampshire campaign trail in 2020, but so too are the issues of income taxes and abortion, which animate every election here regardless of who is running.

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In the final days of the 2020 campaign, we’re taking a few moments to hear closing arguments from candidates for statewide office.

NHPR's Peter Biello spoke with Gov. Chris Sununu about why he's seeking a third term.

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Just days before this election season comes to a close, we're taking a few moments to hear closing arguments from candidates running for statewide office.

All Things Considered Host Peter Biello spoke with the Democratic candidate for governor, state Sen. Dan Feltes.

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Gov. Chris Sununu may be seeking a third term in the corner office, but he’s spending a good deal of his political energy these days boosting other candidates.  To see some of that in action, you don’t even need to leave your couch.

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Climate change policy marks one of the sharpest divides between incumbent Republican Gov. Chris Sununu and his Democratic challenger, Concord state Sen. Dan Feltes.  

NHPR’s Morning Edition host Rick Ganley spoke with reporter Annie Ropeik about how the candidates' differences on this issue put the state at a crossroads on climate action.


Gov. Chris Sununu, a Republican seeking his third term, and challenger Dan Feltes, a Democratic state senator, debated live on NHPR's The Exchange on Tuesday.

The candidates clashed repeatedly over policy differences as they discussed the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic, New Hampshire's economic recovery, heath care, race and policing, and myriad issues the two have sparred over during Sununu's tenure as governor.

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Democratic gubernatorial nominee Dan Feltes has raised more money than Governor Chris Sununu has over the past month. But with election day less than three weeks away, Sununu maintains a large cash advantage.

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Feltes has raised $290,000 since September 16. His haul since getting into the race now tops $1.4 million.

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Election Day may be just 24 days away, but one candidate running for New Hampshire governor has already voted, Democrat Dan Feltes, who cast his ballot Friday in Concord.

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In doing so, Feltes will forego the classic Election Day photo op, that of the candidate emerging from a polling place wearing his ‘I voted’ sticker.

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Gov. Chris Sununu was absent from a forum hosted virtually by the Greater Nashua Area Branch of the NAACP and Black Lives Matter Thursday evening, but his stance on criminal justice reform, voting rights, and racial justice came under fire nonetheless.

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Outside spending has started to pour into the race for New Hampshire governor. It comes as Gov. Chris Sununu enjoys a large cash advantage over Democratic rival Dan Feltes.

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The race for governor between incumbent Republican Chris Sununu and Democrat Dan Feltes pits two candidates who have big policy differences on taxes, the economy, energy and much else.

While such differences are expected in a general election for governor, this year's race stands out because of how familiar the two candidates are with each other. 

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The brewing political fight over President Trump’s intention to quickly fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court left by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg may be centered in Washington and the U.S. Senate. But the political implications are far broader -- including here in New Hampshire.

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Democratic gubernatorial nominee Dan Feltes says under the current circumstances he’d reject efforts to commute the sentence of New Hampshire's lone death row inmate. As NHPR’s Josh Rogers reports, that’s not what Feltes, who voted to repeal capital punishment in the state Senate, said in a Democratic primary debate.

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With primary results in the books, party nominees are now setting their sights on November. Candidates in races for New Hampshire governor and Congress are coming out of the gates by touting their support among unions representing firefighters and law enforcement.

NHPR’s Josh Rogers spoke with All Things Considered Host Peter Biello on Thursday, Sept. 10, to discuss the politics behind this year’s endorsement season.

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Gov. Chris Sununu kicked off his general election campaign Wednesday in Concord by touting his endorsement by the Professional Firefighters of New Hampshire. The endorsement of the 2,000 member union is coveted by politicians in both parties.

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Tuesday's primary results brough clarity to November's general election lineup. Key races for New Hampshire governor, U.S. Senate, and the state's two congressional districts now have official nominees.

Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with NHPR's Senior Political Reporter Josh Rogers about the results.

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Las primarias de New Hampshire fluyeron bien y de manera segura en medio de la pandemia

Las elecciones primarias de ayer martes, representaron la primera prueba de conducir una elección de manera segura en medio de la pandemia del COVID-19. 

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On the primary ballot this year: candidates for U.S. Senate, U.S. House, governor, executive council, state senators and representatives, along with county offices. Among the most closely watched races is the gubernatorial contest, with Democrats Andru Volinsky and Dan Feltes vying to take on Republican Governor Chris Sununu. We'll find out who came out ahead and what it might mean for the November general election. And we'll also check in on how the voting process itself went, with the dramatic increase in absentee voting due to the pandemic.  If you're an election worker or voter, we want to hear from you. How did the day go?  How did it differ from prior years? 

Air date: Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020

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The biggest race on Tuesday's Democratic primary ballot is for governor. The primary pits state Sen. Dan Feltes against Executive Councilor Andru Volinsky.

According to a recent University of New Hampshire poll, the Democrats vying to take on incumbent Republican Gov. Chris Sununu are locked in a dead heat.

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After taking the spotlight in the presidential primary, climate change policy is back in focus in New Hampshire's governor's race -- and not just as a partisan issue.

Energy is driving a wedge between the Democratic candidates competing in next week's primary, as well as with incumbent Republican Gov. Chris Sununu.

NHPR’s All Things Considered host Peter Biello spoke with energy and environment reporter Annie Ropeik, who’s heading up NHPR’s climate reporting project By Degrees, for more on the candidates’ views and the role this is playing in the race.

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Just days before the September 8 primary, we take a look at themes and issues playing out among campaigns, including for Governor, U.S. Congress, Districts 1 and 2, and U.S. Senate.  We also explore aspects of the final report of the Commission on Law Enforcement Accountability, Community, and Transparency, a group formed by Governor Sununu in the aftermath of George Floyd's killing to examine issues of police training, racial bias, and commmunity relations. And we talk with the editor of The New Hampshire, the student newspaper of UNH, about a recent spike in coronavirus cases on campus and an increase in the number of students quarantined.  

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Granite Staters are heading to the polls Sept. 8 for New Hampshire's state primary election, and there's also still time to drop off an absentee ballot with your local town or city clerk. 

NHPR's Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley is talking with the gubernatorial candidates this week about their plans for the state's economy, given the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here's incumbent Gov. Chris Sununu, a Republican from Newfields who is seeking his third term:

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Granite Staters are heading to the polls Tuesday for New Hampshire's state primary election, and there's also still time to drop off an absentee ballot with your local town or city clerk.

NHPR's Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley is talking with the gubernatorial candidates this week about their plans for the state's economy, given the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here's Franklin City Councilor Karen Testerman, a Republican challenging incumbent Gov. Chris Sununu in the GOP primary Sept. 8:

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Granite Staters are heading to the polls next week for New Hampshire's state primary election, and there's also still time to drop off an absentee ballot with your local town or city clerk.

NHPR's Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley is talking will all the gubernatorial candidates this week about their plans for the state's economy, given the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here's state Sen. Dan Feltes, a Democrat who is facing off with Executive Councilor Andru Volinsky for their party's nomination on Sept. 8.

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Granite Staters are heading to the polls next week for New Hampshire's state primary election, and there's also still time to drop off an absentee ballot with your local town or city clerk.

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The two Democrats running for New Hampshire governor met in debate Monday night on WMUR-TV.

Both candidates, Executive Councilor Andru Volinsky and state Sen. Dan Feltes, are pitching themselves as progressives and agree on most policy issues. But both worked to sharpen differences in their first debate before a statewide audience.

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