New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu to run for reelection

Published: Nov. 9, 2021 at 7:53 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 9, 2021 at 3:36 PM EST
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CONCORD, N.H. (WCAX) - Speculation has swirled for months about Gov. Chris Sununu’s possible run for the U.S. Senate. He recently traveled to Tennessee, California and Las Vegas added fuel to the fire. But that was all laid to rest Tuesday when the governor announced he is seeking a fourth term.

“My responsibility is not to the gridlock and politics of Washington, it is to the citizens of New Hampshire,” said Sununu, R-New Hampshire.

With that, in a room packed with New Hampshire-area press, Sununu said he will run in the 2022 election to remain in the corner office at the Statehouse. His challenger for the governor’s seat is not yet known.

Sununu was seen as the frontrunner to take on Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-New Hampshire. It’s a seat that has the potential to shift the balance of power in Washington.

And while announcing he wants to remain governor for two more years, Sununu took several shots at New Hampshire’s entire Democratic congressional delegation in D.C.

“It’s a much slower pace and too often doing nothing is considered a win. I appreciate those who understand the need for more managers in Washington. More accountability and a connection with Congress that frankly is completely unconnected with the things that face the average American,” Sununu said.

Democrats were quick to fire back. A statement from the Democratic Governors Association on Sununu said: “His disastrous record includes signing an abortion ban into law, standing by while his party defunded Planned Parenthood, and completely mismanaging the pandemic.”

New Hampshire is considered a swing state, so whichever Republican ends up challenging Hassan will likely receive a lot of support at the national level. Sununu had been heavily lobbied by Senate GOP Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell and other prominent Republicans to help tip the balance in the Senate.

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