New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu Announces He Will Not Seek Re-election in 2024
In an email to his supporters, New Hampshire’s Republican Governor Chris Sununu revealed that he will not be running for re-election in 2024. This decision comes after Sununu had previously considered a presidential bid, as reported by POLITICO.
“After discussions with Valerie and the kids and much consideration, I have decided not to run for another term as Governor in 2024,” Sununu wrote. “Public service should never be a career, and the time is right for another Republican to lead our great state.”
Sununu, who is currently serving his fourth term after being elected in 2016, hinted at his retirement during a June interview. Despite his popularity in the Granite State, winning each election with sizable majorities, Democrats believe it is time for a change. They point to Sununu’s alleged failures on issues such as the housing crisis, attacks on public education, and abortion restrictions.
The announcement of Sununu’s retirement has sparked excitement in New England’s only purple state, with Democrats seeing this as their best opportunity in eight years to regain the governorship. Already, Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig and Executive Councilor Cinde Warmington have declared their candidacies.
On the Republican side, former New Hampshire state Senate President Chuck Morse wasted no time in announcing his campaign for governor. Former U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte also expressed gratitude to Sununu for his leadership and hinted at a potential run, emphasizing the need for a tough and tested conservative to preserve the state’s safety, prosperity, and freedom.
Ayotte, who refused to endorse Donald Trump in 2016 and subsequently lost her Senate seat, is currently the frontrunner in the Republican primary. A recent poll shows her leading Morse by a significant margin, and an Ayotte-affiliated PAC has already raised substantial funds for a gubernatorial bid.
With these developments, political analysts at Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball have changed their rating for the New Hampshire governor’s race from “Likely Republican” to “Toss-Up.”
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