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     Nov. 6, 2018 Governor

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+Chris Sununu (R)
302,764
52.78%
Molly Kelly (D)
262,359
45.74%
Jilletta Jarvis (L)
8,197
1.43%
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573,602

Plurality 40,405 votes (7,04 percentage points).
  NH Secretary of State




Notes:  Gov. Chris Sununu (R) won a second two-year term.  In the Sept 11 primaries, Gov. Sununu was unchallenged; in the Democratic primary, Molly Kelly, who served in the state Senate from 2006 to 2016, defeated Steve Marchand, a consultant and former Mayor of Portsmouth, by 65
.5% to 33.8%; and in the Libertarian primary Jilletta Jarvis defeated Aaron Day by 51.9% by 43.9%.

Sununu and Kelly debated three times: hosted by the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce and the Nashua Telegraph at Rivier University in Nashua on Oct. 22 (+); on NHPR (radio) at Manchester Community College on Oct. 24 (+); and on WMUR-TV from St. Anselm College on Nov. 1 (+).  Although the Libertarian Party had major party status and Jarvis ran a well organized campaign, she was excluded from the debates. 

While Sununu highlighted the state's strong economy, Kelly advocated for "a New Hampshire that will work for everyone and not just a few."  Weighing against Kelly, the Sununu family has been a presence in New Hampshire politics for decades and New Hampshirites have tended to afford recent governors two terms in office.

Despite Sununu's re-election, in other respects the Nov. 6 elections proved a great success for New Hampshire Democrats; voters elected a Democratic-controlled Executive Council, State Senate and State House, and kept the two U.S. House seats Democratic (+).  The election also marked a setback for Libertarians as Jarvis failed to meet the 4-percent threshhold for the party to maintain ballot status for 2020.


See also:
Kevin Landrigan.  "NH GOP is soul searching in election's wake."   New Hampshire Union Leader, Nov. 10, 2018.


Campaign Managers:
Chris Sununu:  Paul Collins
Also served as campaign manager on Sununu's 2016 campaign. S
enior advisor on Gov. John Kasich's NH primary campaign from May 2015.  Campaign manager on Dan Innis' 2014 Republican primary campaign in the 1st CD.  Campaign manager on Ovide Lamontagne's 2012 campaign for governor. Consultant on Jon Huntsman's 2011-12 NH primary campaign.  In the 2010 cycle he served as senior political strategist on businessman Bill Binnie's U.S. Senate campaign for about four months, then managed Sean Mahoney's unsuccessful bid for the 1st CD seat in the Sept. 2010 primary.  Executive director of the NH Republican Party, 1999.  Managed John E. Sununu's congressional and Senate campaigns, 1996 through Jan. 2009.  Managed Pete Wilson's brief NH primary effort (summer 1995), then when he withdrew served as state director on Steve Forbes NH campaign (from Oct. 1995). District director to Rep. Charlie Bass to July 1995.  During the Administration of President George H. W. Bush, when John H. Sununu was chief of staff, he served as Deputy Director of the Office of National Service (1,000 points of light) and then Special Assistant to the President for Political Affairs.  Worked for John H. Sununu starting in 1982, serving key roles on his three campaigns for governor and as a gubernatorial aide.  NH political director on Pete du Pont's NH primary campaign.

Molly Kelly:  Craig Brown
(April 2018)  Campaign manager on Joyce Craig's campaign for Mayor of Manchester, May-Nov. 2017.  State operations manager for Sen. Maggie Hassan.  Operations director for Sen. Al Franken (DFL-MN)'s 2014 re-election.  Deputy field director on Hassan's 2012 campaign for governor.  Manchester native.


Jiletta Jarvis:  Robb Goodell
Started  on the campaign in Jan. 2018 as communications director.  Freelance creative consultant. Experience in insurance and auto sales.




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