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Nov 14, 2016 1:22 PM

Sununu attending RGA meetings in Florida this week

NH1 News Political Director

CONCORD – Governor-elect Chris Sununu is headed to Florida on Monday, for the Republican Governors Association’s annual conference.

The two-day gathering will take place Tuesday and Wednesday in Orlando.

Sununu defeated fellow executive councilor and Democratic gubernatorial nominee Colin Van Ostern last week to become the first Republican elected governor in New Hampshire in 14 years. Sununu edged out Van Ostern by slightly more than 16,000 votes out of around 725,000 cast.

Sununu campaign communications director David Abrams said that the governor-elect “ is excited to go down there not as a candidate any more” and that Sununu would like to “hit the ground running.”

Abrams added that Sununu is excited that he “can now focus on governing” and that he hopes to pick the brains of some of the incumbent Republican governors attending the conference.

Sununu’s being accompanied on his trip to the RGA conference by campaign manager Paul Collins, who along with fellow Republican strategist Jamie Burnett, is leading the governor-elect's transition team.

According to RGA communications director Jon Thomson, the organization spent over $5.5 million “in the effort to elect Chris Sununu as governor, including a multi-million dollar TV statewide ad campaign, over 2 million pieces of direct mail, and a targeted digital ad campaign which had over 22 million impressions. The RGA targeted Van Ostern in 4 TV ads, highlighting his record as a Big Government liberal favoring the Washington way.”

Republicans won six of the 12 governorships up for grabs last week, with the Democrats victorious in five contests. The gubernatorial election in North Carolina has yet to be called.

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