CONCORD, N.H. (AP) – Chris Sununu has announced he’ll seek a third term as New Hampshire’s governor in 2020, ending speculation that the Republican would make a bid for a U.S. Senate seat.
In a statement released Tuesday, Sununu said he wanted to stave off a “more radical” Democratic agenda and “Washington, DC extremism.” He cited New Hampshire’s unemployment rate and wages as proof that
New Hampshire’s leadership is “getting the job done.”
New Hampshire holds gubernatorial elections every two years. Sununu was re-elected in 2018 with over 52% of the vote.
Despite declaring in 2017 that he would “never run” for Senate, Sununu this year indicated interest in challenging Democratic U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, who’s up for re-election in 2020. On Tuesday, he said he would defeat Shaheen, “but others can too.”
The Democratic Governors Association also released a statement.
“Chris Sununu won’t be able to run from his record of putting special interests and partisan politics ahead of the people he represents,” said DGA Communications Director David Turner.
“From calling paid family leave a ‘vacation’ not once, but twice, to supporting Trump’s plan to rip health care away from hardworking Granite Staters, Chris Sununu has shown time and again he is out-of-touch with the values of New Hampshire families. We look forward to holding him accountable for his failure to deliver for New Hampshire and beating him in the fall of 2020,” Turner said.