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+Chris Sununu (R)
516,609
64.88%
Dan Feltes (D) 264,639
33.24%
Darryl Perry (L) 11,329
1.42%
scatter 683  

793,260

Registration: 1,119,232.  
Margin of victory: 251,970 votes (31.62 percentage points).
 NH Secretary of State



Notes:
Gov. Chris Sununu (R), first elected in 2016, won a third two-year term by a wide margin. 
 
In the Sept. 8 primary, Sununu amassed 89.68% of the vote, easily defeating longtime activist Karen Testerman and "Nobody."  Senate Majority Leader Dan Feltes
defeated Executive Councillor Andru Volinsky by 72,318 (52.3%) to 65,455 (47.4%).  Volinsky had served as legal counsel for Bernie Sanders' 2015-16 NH presidential primary  campaign and was endorsed by Sanders.
 
Sununu and Feltes debated on Oct. 19 hosted by WMUR-TV (>); due to COVID the panelists were in one studio and the candidates in another studio.  Less than a day later, on Oct. 20, they debated again on NHPR's "The Exchange" (>).


Voters' approval of Sununu's handling of the pandemic led to his wide re-election margin.  He also stressed his opposition to an income tax. Feltes sought to tie Sununu to Trump, referring to "the Trump-Sununu agenda."  In late September, New Hampshire Democrats ran an ad on the theme.  Feltes emphasized his efforts for working families, including paid family and medical leave.  In addition to holding the governorship, Republicans also achieved dramatic gains in the state legislature, flipping both chambers.  Voters did back Biden over Trump by 52.71% to 45.36% and re-elected Sen. Shaheen by 56.64% to 40.99%.

Libertarian Darryl W. Perry, excluded from the debates, held weekly virtual town halls to get out his message.  After the campaign he wrote, "While I’m disappointed that I didn’t get the 4% of the vote needed to retain ballot access for the Libertarian Party, I know that I stayed true to the both the Libertarian Party platform and my campaign platform." 


Campaign Managers
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John Sununu: Paul Collins

Also served as campaign manager on Sununu's 2016 and 2018 campaigns. Senior 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.

Dan Feltes: Nick Taylor

(Sept. 2019)  Majority policy director in the NH State Senate, Dec. 2018-Sept. 2019.  House and Senate caucus director for the NH Senate Democratic Caucus and Committee to Elect House Democrats, Dec. 2016-Nov. 2018.  Field director on the Committee to Elect House Democrats, Mar.-Nov. 2016.  Deputy political director (Nov. 2015-Mar. 2016) and operations director (Aug.-Nov. 2015) for the NH Democratic Party.  NH political fellow on Hillary for America, June-Aug. 2015.  Undergraduate degree in public policy from Hamilton College, 2015.



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