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+Chris Sununu (R) i
352,813
56.98%
Tom Sherman (D)
256,766
41.47%
Kelly Halldorson (L)
5,071
0.82%
Karlyn Borysenko (L)
2,772
0.45%
scatter
1,713
0.28%

619,135

Names on checklist: 925,398.  Ballots cast: 626,845.
Plurality: 96,047 votes (15.51 percentage points).

 NH Secretary of State



N
otes:  Gov. Chris Sununu (R), one of the nation's more popular governors (>), won a fourth two-year term, defeating state Sen. Tom Sherman (D), a doctor from Rye, Kelly Halldorson (L), an artist, photographer and marketing consultant from Rye, and Karlyn Borysenko (L), a psychologist and author of "Actively Unwoke."  

Sununu and Sherman participated in at least six debates:

Oct. 11 - radio debate hosted by Binnie Media at the former Walker School Building in Concord;

Oct. 18 - Greater New Hampshire Chamber of Commerce at Hampshire Hills Ballroom in Milford (>);

Oct. 24 -
hosted by the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce at NH Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College in Goffstown (>);

Oct. 25 - NHPR, NH PBS and NH Bulletin at NHPR studios in Concord (>);

Oct. 26 - New England College in partnership with the Union Leader at NEC's Putnam Center in Henniker (>); and

Nov. 1 - WMUR-TV 9 in partnership with the NH Institute of Politics (>).

Sept. 13 primary
In a Nov. 9, 2021 news conference, Sununu ruled out a Senate bid and said he would run for re-election.  Several conservatives entered the race to challenge Sununu, notably
Karen Testerman, who also ran against Sununu in the 2020 primary and is a well known figure in New Hampshire conservative circles; Thad Riley, a businessman and former school board member from Brentwood, who announced on Oct. 29, 2021; and Julian Acciard, a veteran from Derry, who started as a candidate for Congress in CD1.  The three debated without Sununu on WMUR-TV on Sept. 9 (>).  Sununu had little difficulty winning in the Sept. 13 last-in-the-nation primary, garnering 79.0% of the vote followed by Testerman (10.0%), Riley (7.4%), and Acciard (2.0%). 

Sherman formed an exploratory committee in Feb. 2022 and announced his candidacy on Mar. 14.
  He was unchallenged for the Democratic nomination.

The Libertarian Party of New Hampshire went through considerable turmoil in 2021, variously described as a "hostile takeover" and a "coup."  At its annual state convention in Manchester on Jan. 29, 2022, LPNH nominated Borysenko.  In August, Halldorson, seeking to provide a "libery option," submitted over 4,000 signatures to qualify for the ballot.


Campaign Managers:
Chris Sununu: Paul Collins

Also served as campaign manager on Sununu's 2016, 2018 and 2020 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, Collins 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.

Tom Sherman: Kelly Roberts  twitter


See also:
Michaela Towfighi.  "Dr. Tom Sherman faced an uphill battle, but that didn't stop his pursuit of Sununu's seat."  Concord Monitor, Nov. 2, 2022.

Annmarie Timmins.  "Election experts: Trump-Sununu dynamic big boost for right-wing NH Republicans."  New Hampshire Bulletin, Nov. 2, 2022.

Baker Institute for Public Policy.  "A Conversation on U.S. Elections with New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu."  Rice University, Oct. 27, 2022.

Steven Porter.  "Sununu vs. Sherman for NH governor: These 3 major policy differences could guide your vote."  Granite Memo, Oct. 13, 2022.

Tony Schinella.  "Libertarian Candidate for NH Governor Files Signatures: Watch."  Patch, Aug. 10, 2022.

David Siders.  "The one Republican Trump can't touch."  Politico, Apr. 26, 2022.

Michael Graham.  "Lewandowski's New Gig: Get Rid of Gov. Sununu."  NHJournal, Feb. 3, 2022.






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