- New Hampshire is holding congressional and state primaries on September 8.
- The most competitive race of the night will be the Democratic primary for governor between State Senate Majority Leader Dan Feltes and Andru Volinsky.
- Polls in most of the state closed at 7 p.m. ET.
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New Hampshire is holding congressional and state primaries on September 8, some of the last congressional primaries of the 2020 election cycle.
The most competitive race of the day is the Democratic primary for governor between State Senate Majority Leader Dan Feltes and New Hampshire Executive Councilor Andru Volinsky to face incumbent Republican Gov. Chris Sununu, who is running for a second term this fall.
Climate and energy issues are factoring heavily into the governor’s race, with both candidates hammering Sununu over his downplaying of climate change and his vetoing many climate-related bills.
Feltes, an attorney, and former public interest lawyer, has served in the State Senate since 2015. His campaign platform emphasizes expanding clean energy and creating green jobs in New Hampshire, improving education and safe in-person leaning at schools during COVID-19, and bolstering government transparency and accountability.
Feltes has been endorsed by Rep. Annie Kuster of New Hampshire’s 2nd District, many of his colleagues in his state legislature, and over a dozen labor unions in the state, highlighting his concrete achievements in the legislature extending healthcare and his work crossing the aisle, in his campaign.
Volinsky is running a progressive campaign with his platform focusing on expanding healthcare access in New Hampshire, ensuring fairer wages and better working conditions for New Hampshire’s conditions, and combatting climate change in the state, proposing a state-level version of the Green New Deal resolution and opposing gas-fracked pipelines.
Before joining New Hampshire’s Executive Council, which serves as an advisory board to the governor’s office, Volinsky too led a long career in civil rights and public interest law, including representing incarcerated Americans on death row and winning the landmark Claremont School Funding case, which established more equitable education funding in New Hampshire, in 1997.
His campaign has been endorsed by Senator Bernie Sanders, a 2016 and 2020 presidential candidate from the neighboring state of Vermont, making him the last Sanders-endorsed primary candidate on the ballot this year.
He’s also been endorsed by some powerful climate-focused groups, including the Sunrise Movement, 350 National, and the Sierra Club, and local labor unions and elected officials.
Whichever candidate wins this hotly-contested primary will face a tough general election race against Sununu with less than two months to go before Election Day on November 3.
The New Hampshire governor’s race is currently rated “leans Republican” by Inside Elections and “likely Republican” by the Cook Political Report and Sabato’s Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia Center for Politics.
Also on Tuesday, there’s a competitive Republican primary for US Senate to determine which Republican will run against second-term Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.
Bryant “Corky” Messner, a military veteran, lawyer, and businessman, is considered the frontrunner for the GOP nomination over retired US Army General and veterans’ health advocate Don Bolduc.
Messner, who has earned the endorsement of President Donald Trump, has raised $4.4 million and spent $1.9 million so far this cycle compared to $884,000 raised and $706,336 spent for Bolduc, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
In the state’s 1st Congressional District, former State Department advisor Matt Mowers, who has also been endorsed by Trump, and former New Hampshire Republican Party chairman Matt Mayberry will compete for the Republican nomination to face first-term Democratic Rep. Chris Pappas.
Pappas, who won the race to succeed former Rep. Carol Shea-Porter in 2018, is one of 30 Democratic House representatives representing a district Trump won in 2016.
Pappas’ seat is currently rated as “leans Democratic” by Sabato’s Crystal Ball and “likely Democratic” by the Cook Political Report and Inside Elections.