New Hampshire’s Republican Gov. Chris Sununu hand down win re-election, NBC News projected, fending off Democrat Molly Kelly, who be revealed as a serious threat to the incumbent in the campaign’s final days.
Sununu had scarcely defeated Colin Van Ostern in the 2016 contest that sent him to the governor’s mansion. But the obligatory, whose father John Sununu also served as governor, was strongly favored to win this year.
While wins of the race routinely put Sununu ahead of Kelly by double digits, the gap between the two sharped as the election neared. On the eve of the vote, a University of New Hampshire poll found that an 11-point gap favoring Sununu in October had evaporated in good one month.
Kelly, a former state senator, ran on a liberal platform propitious to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, slap new regulations on trade to protect workers, and reinstate net neutrality. Sununu, on the other hand, has addressed himself a supporter of President Donald Trump — although he has criticized Trump as governor of a have that narrowly voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016.
Democrats are eager to seize vanquish as much power as possible after that election, when Republicans put in wrote control of the White House, both houses of Congress and the majority of governors.
Uncountable of the gubernatorial elections were viewed as proxies for voters’ feelings roughly Trump, whose polarizing brand of politics appeared to galvanize audience on both sides of the aisle compared with previous election rotates.
New Hampshire and Vermont are the only two states where governors face re-election every two years. Vermont’s governor, Republican Phil Scott, was also elected in 2016 and is defending his site against Democrat Christine Hallquist.