Today is New Hampshire’s primary election. The race that most are watching is the very crowded CD-01, in which there are 11 candidates vying for the nomination. NOTE: as there are two diaries, this one will now be for commenting on the primary. For the Open Thread, go to the diary above this one.
As the list reveals, Levi Sanders, son of our progressive hero of VT, is running in the primary. His poll numbers are low, however. Bernie Sanders chose not to endorse anyone in the field. The NYT has one lens on this House race:
On the Democratic side, the front-runners are Maura Sullivan, an ex-Marine and former official in the Obama administration with national support (she has raised more than $1.8 million, largely from outside the state), and Chris Pappas, a New Hampshire Executive Council member who has been endorsed by top local Democrats, including Senator Jeanne Shaheen. Ms. Sullivan, who was considered a possible candidate in the Illinois Sixth District until she moved to New Hampshire last year, has been accused of carpetbagging, a particularly negative charge in this historically insular state. Mr. Pappas has faced criticisms that he is too entrenched in the state’s establishment.
Other Democratic candidates include a retired trial lawyer, an environmental scientist, the former chief of staff to the district’s current congresswoman and a labor leader. And of course, there is Levi Sanders, the son of the Vermont Senator this neighboring state knows well. He is not expected to win the race. But the fact that there are so many candidates in the primary could open to the door for another dark-horse candidate like State Representative Mindi Messmer, the environmental scientist, or Mark MacKenzie, the labor leader who served as a delegate for the elder Mr. Sanders at the Democratic National Convention.
The other race to watch is the governor’s race, as there are two Dem candidates:
The NYT has more about the
Establishment’s take significance of the governor’s race:
The state’s political establishment has thrown its weight behind Molly Kelly, a former state senator. Where her opponent, Steve Marchand, can come across as glib, Ms. Kelly is cautious and conservative. But 16 current and former state senators have declared their support for her, and analysts see her as the front-runner, especially in a year when female candidates are doing so well.
Mr. Marchand, a sometimes wonky politician who has painted himself as a progressive, is pointedly running to Ms. Kelly’s left. A former mayor of Portsmouth, Mr. Marchand has drawn criticism for his previous involvement in “No Labels,” a bipartisan group that has been derided on the left for naming Donald Trump a “problem solver” in early 2016. Mr. Marchand is making his second straight bid for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.
Regardless who wins, it will be interesting to see how much help the nominee receives from the party leading up to the general election, given the expectation that Mr. Sununu will prevail. Any party leader who lends their support in this first-in-the-nation primary state will inevitably stoke speculation about a 2020 presidential run.
It appears there are no senate races where there are 2 or more candidates.
The polls closed at 7:00 ET/6:00 CT/5:00 MT/4:00 PT. The NYT has already started getting some results in the governor’s race, with Ms. Kelly leading. You can also follow on Politico here: https://www.politico.com/election-results/2018/new-hampshire/
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