2018 Elections

Credit Sara Plourde for NHPR

Click each race below for NHPR's coverage:

Governor's Race  |  State Senate Races

Congressional District 1  |  Congressional District 2

All Election Coverage

Click here for our voter's guide and a map of N.H. polling places. Click here for a version in Spanish.

Click here for real-time results after the polls close.

Casey McDermott, NHPR

The midterm elections might seem like a national event. But in reality, the election process is a decidedly local affair. That’s especially true in New Hampshire, where voting is run at the town level.

Allegra Boverman for NHPR

Some big-name supporters joined Congressional District 1 candidates Chris Pappas and Eddie Edwards on their final full day of campaigning. 

Former New Hampshire Governor John Lynch joined Democrat Chris Pappas on campaign stops at diners.

Lynch, a Democrat who served four terms in Concord, said voters want politicians to work across the aisle – and Pappas will do that.

Britta Greene / NHPR

In politics today, it seems like everyone’s choosing sides. That can be particularly tough in small towns, where personal opinions often enter the public sphere. Now, there’s increasingly hard divisions along party lines, even on local issues that have little to do with national debates.

To get at some of these tensions, NHPR stopped recently in rural communities across the Upper Valley. We talked to voters about how things have changed for them since the last election, and how they’re feeling now, on the eve of the midterms.

Volunteers from both parties are working to get high school and college-age voters to the polls on Tuesday.

High schools tend to host voter registration drives in the spring, when more seniors have turned eighteen, but some schools are making sure eligible high schoolers are ready to vote tomorrow.

Prescott Herzog, sophomore at Stevens High School in Claremont and president of High School Democrats of America, says his group of high school Democrats is working to ensure all 18-year olds at the school, regardless of their politics, head to the polls.

Lauren Chooljian for NHPR

The divisive 2018 midterm campaign is quickly drawing to a close.

Over the weekend - candidates and volunteers knocked on doors, shook hands - and in some cases went grocery shopping - as they tried to make their final get out the vote push.

NHPR’s Lauren Chooljian and Josh Rogers were also on the trail.

Tracy Lee Carroll, NHPR

New Hampshire voters will have the opportunity to decide next week whether to pass two amendments to the state constitution in the form of questions on the ballot.

The second ballot question addresses the individual right to privacy from the state in reference to personal information and data.

Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with UNH law professor John Greabe about what this change would mean for Granite Staters.


Jason Moon for NHPR

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders was among the political figures crisscrossing the state this weekend ahead of this week’s midterm elections.

On Sunday Sanders started with a rally at UNH then headed to Brookside Community Church in Manchester, where a packed house awaited him.

His speech touched on many familiar themes for the Independent senator, including single-payer healthcare, income inequality, and campaign finance reform. Sanders told the crowd that while some called his ideas radical during his run for president two years ago, public support is now on his side.

Dan Tuohy / NHPR

The election process has been in the limelight across the country. On Friday morning, New Hampshire's top election officials gathered to send a strong message that the state's voting systems can be trusted.

Attorney General Gordon MacDonald reiterated that despite some recent court rulings and changes this year to the voter registration process, the state is on track for a smooth election.

"New Hampshire has a long history of running elections that are fair, well-run, and a very high degree of voter participation,” MacDonald said.

Dan Tuohy / NHPR


New Hampshire officials are predicting turnout will top half a million voters for the first time in a midterm election Tuesday.

Secretary of State William Gardner made his prediction Friday as he and Attorney General Gordon MacDonald outlined how the state is getting ready for Election Day. Thousands of trained volunteers will be working across the state at more than 300 polling locations, they said, each of which will be inspected Tuesday by attorney general's office staff.

Miosotis Cora

Para leer esta historia en espanol, haga clic aqui, y haga clic aqui para recursos para votantes. 

New Hampshire’s Latino population is small, just around 4 percent. Still, in some areas, Spanish-speaking communities have grown steadily in recent years. In Nashua, many Latino voters are looking forward to participating in next week’s midterms. But some are finding it a challenge to get the information they need.  

Miosotis Cora

Para un manual basico sobre las elecciones, haga clic para leerlo en español.

En New Hampshire, la población latina es 4 por ciento de todo el estado. Pero la comunidad ha crecido poco a poco. En Nashua, hay votantes latinos que quieren participar en las elecciones de la próxima semana pero algunos tienen dificultades al encontrar la información que necesitan.

Via Twitter

If you catch Gov. Chris Sununu at the State House or on the campaign trail, it generally won’t be long before he drops a certain biographical tidbit:

“I’m an engineer by trade, a civil and environmental engineer....” “My focus as an environmental engineer…” “I was an environmental engineer…. “I love the concept, I’m an environmental engineer...”

But by the governor’s own accounting, it’s been a decade since he's really worked as an engineer. And Sununu’s political opponents have questioned his professional credentials for years.

This midterm election, Democrats across the country have high hopes for a blue wave. Many are tapping into voters’ frustrations with President Donald Trump. But in New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District, Democratic Congresswoman Annie Kuster is taking a different approach.

NHPR Photo


The first time Safiya Wazir saw the New Hampshire Statehouse, she and her parents were trying to get home from a church where they had taken their first English lesson. It was cold, and they were confused.

"We had a hard time finding our way. That's where we ended up going — the Statehouse — and standing right in front of it so the bus could pick us up," she said.

Dan Tuohy / NHPR

In New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District, Democratic incumbent Ann McLane Kuster and Republican Steve Negron are busy making their final cases to voters.

Tomorrow, we’ll hear a story about how Congresswoman Kuster is navigating the political waters as an incumbent Democrat this midterm. Today, NHPR reporter Jason Moon joins me to talk about her Republican opponent Steve Negron.

Why Do Midterms Matter & How Do They Impact You?

Oct 31, 2018
Sara Plourde

We sit down with NHPR's Civics 101, our podcast refresher course on the basics of our democracy.  The team has dug into how midterm elections impact us, the local and national offices on the ballot, and what makes midterms unique in New Hampshire. 

Listen to the entire Midterm Edition series from Civics 101 here

Be sure to check out NHPR's voter resources page to find the answers to all your voting questions.  During the show a caller asked how to change party affiliation before voting, but in the general election, it's not necessary to change affiliation to vote for either party.  For more information, click on our title to see this full page, for links to more coverage.

Lauren Chooljian | NHPR

The midterm elections are just a few days away. New Hampshire voters will be choosing who they want for governor, both congressional districts and in all 424 legislative seats.

But with all the Democratic presidential hopefuls in town lately, it's starting to feel more like 2020 than 2018.

Allegra Boverman for NHPR

Election Day is Tuesday. Here's a primer on what you need to know before heading to the polls. Click here for a Spanish language version of this guide.

Sarah Gibson for NHPR

The city of Manchester is reinventing itself. Some think its best hope lies in the high-tech industry based in the booming Millyard. But for others, old-school, neighborhood relationships are still the way to move Manchester forward.

Nowhere are these opposing visions more on display than the race between Republican Ted Gatsas and Democrat Gray Chynoweth for the District 4 seat on the Executive Council.

Congressional 1st District candidates Eddie Edwards and Chris Pappas met last night at a debate in Manchester hosted by WMUR-TV

Despite toeing their party lines, the two candidates both said they were ready to work across the aisle and bring New Hampshire ideals to a broken system in Washington.

Some highlights of the debate include:

Britta Greene / New Hampshire Public Radio

Last Halloween was not a great one for Chelsie Lent. A bad storm blew across New Hampshire, flooding part of a campground she owns in Warren, along the Baker River.

The water swept away campfire rings, knocked picnic tables across the property, destroyed a road and bath house, and dropped all kinds of debris, she said.

It was symptomatic of a changing climate here. 


At NHPR, we’ve made it a priority to keep you informed not just about the candidates whose names are on the ballot but also the policies and court proceedings that are shaping how those ballots are actually cast.

There’s a lot to keep up with, though, especially as Election Day approaches. And that’s where you can help.

The voter registration law known as Senate Bill 3 will stay in place through the upcoming midterms, after the New Hampshire Supreme Court on Friday overruled a lower court's order that would have put the law on hold.

Dan Tuohy / NHPR


Chris Pappas, Democratic candidate in the 1st Congressional District, says we bipartisan legislation is needed to bring down insurance costs, and that patient protections will rein in profit-driven insurance companies.

All Things Considered host Peter Biello spoke with Pappas on health care policy in our final interview for this series. In the past two weeks, All Things Considered spoke with all of New Hampshire's gubernatorial and Congressional candidates.

[This transcript has been lightly edited for clarity.]

Daniela Allee

New Hampshire prides itself on having a volunteer, citizen legislature. But the legislators writing laws for the rest of the state are older, whiter, and disproportionately male compared to the state's population.

Factions inside the Democratic and Republican parties are trying to change that, here and across the country. This week on Word of Mouth, we get inside that effort. 

Katherine Garrova

All this week we’ve been checking in on a handful of competitive seats in the New Hampshire Senate, places where the outcome on Election Day could shift the balance of power in the State House next year.


In District 8, two women are competing to represent 24 mostly rural towns west of Concord. Jenn Alford-Teaster, a Democrat and first-time candidate, is challenging incumbent Ruth Ward, a Republican who’s seeking her second term.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: October 26, 2018

Oct 26, 2018

With less than two weeks until the midterm elections, state officials are left scrambling after a judge blocks the voter registration law known as SB3.  Candidate debates get testy as the election nears, with gubernatorial candidates Chris Sununu and Molly Kelly presenting sharply differing views of the state's economy.   And ski season starts early after snowfall in the North Country. 

Allegra Boverman for NHPR

First District Congressional candidate Chris Pappas says the current trade war with China is putting American businesses at risk, and President Trump needs to open talks instead of imposing tariffs.

Morning Edition host Rick Ganley spoke with Pappas on foreign relations and trade.

Morning Edition is speaking will all Congressional candidates this week.

Allegra Boverman for NHPR

The Republican candidate in New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District Eddie Edwards says he supports the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. For people who currently rely on expanded Medicaid, he says, increasing access to insurers across the country would bring down costs.

All Things Considered Host Peter Biello spoke with Edwards about healthcare policy. All Things Considered is speaking with all congressional candidates this week.

(This transcript has been edited lightly for clarity.)