May 3, 2016 10:52 AM

Steinhauser-First on NH1 News: NHDP reserves more than $2 million in airtime in Corner Office battle

NH1 News Political Director

CONCORD – The New Hampshire Democratic Party will announce on Tuesday that it’s reserved $2.1 million in airtime on Granite State television for the post primary period in the wide open gubernatorial race, NH1 News has learned.

The reserved airtime will start after the state’s September 13 primary, and includes reservations on WBIN-TV, the home of NH1 News.

“This significant buy, together with our exceptional Democratic candidates and a Republican field that has consistently put far-right policies ahead of everyday Granite Staters, puts us in an even stronger position to keep a Democrat in the corner office this November,” NHDP Chairman Ray Buckley said in a statement.

With Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan running for the U.S. Senate against GOP incumbent Kelly Ayotte instead of making a bid for a third two-year term in the Corner Office, four Republicans and three Democrats have launched campaigns for governor in the hopes of succeeding her.

Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern, former state representative and state director of securities regulation Mark Connolly, and former Portsmouth Mayor Steve Marchand are running for the Democratic nomination. Executive Councilor Chris Sununu, Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas, state Sen. Jeanie Forrester, and state Rep. Frank Edelblut are running for the GOP nomination.

The last time a Republican won an election for the Corner Office was 2002.

“Not only have Democrats won eight of the past nine New Hampshire governor’s races, but whoever emerges from the Republican field will share the ticket with Donald Trump,” Buckley added.

Last week the Republican Governors Association reserved $3 million in TV ad time for the final six weeks of the race in New Hampshire.

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