Apr 25, 2016 11:29 PM

Steinhauser: New sign of high stakes in NH's gubernatorial campaign

NH1 News Political Director

CONCORD – New Hampshire’s already home to one of the most high profile, expensive, and negative U.S. Senate races in the country.

But the Granite State’s gubernatorial contest isn’t too shabby either.

Need more proof: The Republican Governors Association Monday reserved $3 million in TV ad time for the final six weeks of the race in New Hampshire, including WBIN-TV, the home of NH1 News.

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.

“The RGA is on offense in 2016 and we are committed to expanding our already strong majority of GOP governors in key Democrat-held states,” RGA spokesman Jon Thompson told NH1 News.

“We see the open-seat contest in New Hampshire as a prime pick-up opportunity for Republicans, and we’re committed to making an investment now because we aren’t taking any races for granted,” he added.

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

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