In the 2016 open seat gubernatorial campaign, Republican Chris Sununu defeated Democrat Colin Van Ostern, 49-47%. Both men were members of the state’s five-member Executive Council that, among other duties, exercises a check over the Governor’s veto authority. Yesterday, Mr. Van Ostern announced that he will not challenge Gov. Sununu later this year. According to the latest survey from the University of New Hampshire, the first-term Governor was leading his former opponent, 41-31%.
New Hampshire is one of two states, neighboring Vermont being the other, which limits its Governors to two-year terms. Therefore, even though Gov. Sununu was just elected in 2016, he must stand for re-election this year.
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