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+Jeanne Shaheen (D) i
450,778
56.64%
Corky Messner (R)
326,229
40.99%
Justin O'Donnell (L)
18,421
2.31%
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795,914

Plurality:  124,549 votes (16.65 percentage points)
 NH Secretary of State




Notes: 

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D), first elected in 2008 and seeking a third term, defeated attorney and U.S. Army veteran Bryant "Corky" Messner (R) and Justin O'Donnell (L). 

In the Sept. 8 Republican primary, Messner, boosted by at least $3.8 million dollars in personal loans to his own campaign, defeated retired U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Don Bolduc by 69,801 votes (50.17%) to 58,749 (42.23%) and the remainder for Andy Martin and Gerard Beloin.  Another candidate, former NH House Speaker Bill O'Brien, ended his campaign back in April 2020 and endorsed Messner.  Meanwhile, Shaheen faced only token opposition in the Democratic primary.

Shaheen was well-known to New Hampshire voters through her decades of service; she was elected to the State Senate in 1990 and served three terms as governor, elected in 1996 and re-elected in 1998 and 2000.  By contrast Messner only moved to New Hampshire within the past couple of years, although he has owned a vacation home in the state since 2007.  Primary challenger Bolduc and then the Democrats enjoyed pointing this out, referring to him as a carpetbagger, a Colorado transplant and "Colorado Corky." O'Donnell, who has worked as an insurance agent, was the Libertarian nominee for Congress in the 2nd CD in 2018.

Shaheen and Messner participated in three debates: the first, hosted by the Mount Washington Valley Economic Council, took place at the Valley Vision studio in North Conway
on Oct. 8; the candidates were socially distanced (>).  NHPR hosted the second debate in Concord on Oct. 15; the candidates and moderators were all in separate studios (1, 2).  WMUR-TV hosted the final debate in Manchester on Oct. 20; the moderators were in one studio, Messner in a separate studio, and Shaheen, in Washington on Senate business, in a studio there (1, 2).

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, the Shaheen campaign spent $18.4 million to $4.0 million for the Messner campaign (>).

Campaign Managers:
Jeanne Shaheen  Harrell Kirstein
(Jan. 2020)  Senior communications advisor to Sen. Shaheen, Feb.-Dec. 2019.  Trump war room communications director at American Bridge PAC, Feb. 2017-Jan. 2019.  Ohio communications director (Sept.-Nov. 2016) and communications director on the NH, MA and NY primaries (Mar. 2015-Apr. 2016) on Hillary for America. 
Communications director at Shaheen for Senate, March-Dec. 2014.  Communications director for the New Hampshire Democratic Party, March 2013-14.  New Hampshire press secretary at Obama for America, March-Nov. 2012.  Press secretary (May 2010-Feb. 2012) and deputy press secretary (Feb.-June 2010) for the New Hampshire Democratic Party.  Communications director at Dorothy Brown for Cook County President, Aug.-Nov. 2009.  GOTV organizer on Virginians for Brian Moran, May-June 2009.  New Hampshire press aide on Richardson for President, July 2007-Jan. 2008.  B.A. in political science and goverment from University of Rochester, 2009.
 
 
 
Corky Messner 
Mike Biundo [Campaign Manager/Senior Campaign Advisor]
(Feb. 2020)  Partner at RightVoter, LLC from Jan. 2015 and co-founder of RightOn Strategies from Jan. 2013.  National senior political advisor on Donald J. Trump for President, July-Nov. 2016.  Senior advisor on John Kasich for President, Feb.-May 2016.  Senior advisor and New England chief strategist at Rand Paul for President, Apr. 2015-Feb. 2016. 
Deputy coalitions director on Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, May-Dec. 2012.  National campaign manager on Rick Santorum's presidential campaign, Jan. 2011-Apr. 2012 (announced as campaign manager on Oct. 12, 2011; announced as national political director on April 26; announced as NH PAC director on Jan. 5).  Campaign  manager and general consultant on Frank Guinta's campaign for Congress in 2010.  Key roles on Guinta's campaigns for Mayor of Manchester in 2005 and 2007.  Worked on Jim Coburn's unsuccessful gubernatorial campaign in 2006 and as a consultant to former Gov. Pataki's 21st Century Freedom State PAC.  State representative, Ward 8, Manchester, 2004-06; defeated in re-election bid.  With Jack Heath, he acquired NSP Graphics and co-founded Meridian Communications in 2003, which they ran to Dec. 2010.  Senior vice president of sales at BizNews24, Jan. 2000-May 2003.  President of Atlantic Strategies Group, 1998-2000.  Executive director, Gun Owners of New Hampshire, 1997-98.  New Hampshire deputy campaign manager of Buchanan for President, 1995-96.  Grew up in New York.   


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