Chris Sununu Re-Elected As New Hampshire Governor

Jon Brown | Contributor

New Hampshire Republican incumbent Chris Sununu secured himself a second term as governor Tuesday after managing to defeat his Democratic opponent, Molly Kelly.

With $1,610,887 in contributions as of Oct. 31, Sununu made more compared to Molly Kelly, who raised $1,236,561. Sununu also spent more with $1,300,300, compared to Kelly’s $1,152,166.

KEENE, NH - FEBRUARY 11: U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) visits with New Hampshire State Senator Molly Kelly (R) at Brewbakers coffee shop February 11, 2007 in Keene, New Hampshire. Clinton is in the Granite State for two days of campaigning, in her first visit to New Hampshire since declaring her candidacy for President. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

KEENE, NH – FEBRUARY 11: U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) visits with New Hampshire State Senator Molly Kelly (R) at Brewbakers coffee shop February 11, 2007 in Keene, New Hampshire. Clinton is in the Granite State for two days of campaigning, in her first visit to New Hampshire since declaring her candidacy for President. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

Sununu was long considered a shoo-in in the gubernatorial race, despite a recent poll which showed him neck-and-neck with his opponent, Molly Kelly.

“We had two very separate approaches,” Gov. Sununu said, contrasting himself with his opponent. “Ours was very positive and that’s how we started. That’s how we’re going to finish.”

“My opponent talks about the negativity of Washington. All those attack ads, nonstop. I don’t think anybody likes to see those kind of attack ads. It doesn’t say what you’re going to do for the state.”

New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu speaks at the "Curbing the Opioid Epidemic" session at the National Governors Association summer meeting in Providence

New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu speaks at the “Curbing the Opioid Epidemic” session at the National Governors Association summer meeting in Providence, Rhode Island, U.S., July 13, 2017. REUTERS/Brian Snyder – RC1716C83100

Sununu has supported President Donald Trump in some of his policies, but not all of them. Most notably, he refused to commit the NH National Guard to the southern border, saying he “will not send our New Hampshire troops to the southern border to separate families.”

At 44 years old, Sununu is the youngest governor in the history of New Hampshire. He is the son of former NH Gov. John Sununu, who was also the White House Chief of Staff under President George H.W. Bush.

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