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New Hampshire Primary Preview and Live Results

September 11, 2018

The final week of the 2018 primary calendar has arrived. Three days, three Northeastern states; although for one of those it is the completion of a split primary.  New Hampshire kicks things off Tuesday; see below for a preview and live results. Rhode Island holds its primaries on Wednesday. The party primaries for governor are what we'll be watching there. New York wraps things up Thursday, with primaries for non-Federal offices. For our purposes, that is just the high-profile Democratic gubernatorial primary featuring incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo and actress/activist Cynthia Nixon.

New Hampshire Primaries

Most New Hampshire polls close at 7:00 PM Eastern Time, with the remainder closing at 8:00 PM. Live results will be available on this page after that time. Reload for the latest totals.

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New Hampshire Gubernatorial Primary

New Hampshire and neighboring Vermont are the only two states where governor serve for two years instead of four. Republican Gov. Chris Sununu is seeking a 2nd term. He will face the Democratic primary winner, either former State Sen. Molly Kelly or Steve Marchand, the former Mayor of Portsmouth. Marchand ran for governor in 2016, losing the Democratic primary.  There has been no recent polling. Sununu will start out the favorite against whichever Democrat wins.

New Hampshire House Primaries

The state has two congressional districts, both held by Democrats. District 1 is particularly competitive in general elections.  That district alternated between Democrat Carol Shea-Porter and Republican Frank Guinta in the four elections from 2010 through 2016. In 2016, Shea-Porter bested Guinta by about 1.3%, while Donald Trump won here by 1.6%. It was one of just 12 districts nationwide that elected a Democrat while voting for the president.

Neither Shea-Porter or Guinta are running in 2018, with the open seat generating a very crowded primary field in both parties. Most of the Democratic establishment has endorsed New Hampshire Executive Council member Chris Pappas. The notable exception is Rep. Shea-Porter, who has gotten behind her former chief of staff Naomi Andrews. Pappas and Maura Sullivan, a former Marine captain and Pentagon official, are the frontrunners, although Andrews is also in the mix. Levi Sanders, son of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, is also on the ballot. On the Republican side, State Sen. Andy Sanborn or Eddie Edwards, a former police chief, seem to have the best chance to move on.

Democratic incumbent Rep. Ann Kuster is likely to win a fourth term regardless of which Republican is nominated in the 2nd district.

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