Overview and Live Results: Delaware, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island Primaries

The primary calendar wraps up this Tuesday with contests in Delaware, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. Up next is the general election on November 8.

In terms of primaries of interest this week, most of the action is on the GOP side in New Hampshire. Contests for U.S. Senate and both U.S. House seats, all currently held by Democrats, feature proxy battles between establishment and Trump-aligned wings of the party. 

In Rhode Island, the Democratic governor is in a closely-contested primary, while the party will also choose a nominee to replace a retiring member in House District 2.

Results for some of the more interesting elections are on this page. Use the links below to see all results. Latest poll closing (Eastern Time) appears below the state name. If you are voting in one of these locations, check with your polling place as the hours may differ. This is especially true in New Hampshire.

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U.S. Senate

New Hampshire

The final state to determine its U.S. Senate nominees is also among the more competitive general election contests. Democrat Maggie Hassan, then the state's governor, flipped the seat in 2016, defeating GOP Sen. Kelly Ayotte. The margin of victory was extremely narrow, with Hassan prevailing by about 1,000 votes among over 700,000 cast. She is seeking a second term and should have little trouble being renominated. 

All eyes will be on the Republican primary, where a large field is competing for the nomination. However, this looks like a two-way contest between Don Bolduc, an Army Special Forces veteran and Chuck Morse, president of the State Senate. Bolduc ran for the state's other Senate seat in 2020, finishing second in the primary with 42% of the vote.

The most recent poll we've seen gives Bolduc a 10 point lead, 33% to 23%, over Morse, with 25% undecided. No other candidate broke double-digits.

While not formally endorsed by the former president, Bolduc has been targeting his base. Morse has been endorsed by Republican Gov. Chris Sununu and is the favorite of establishment members of the party, who think Bolduc is less electable. Democrats, thinking the same, are spending millions on ads to slam Morse, hoping to get Bolduc across the finish line.

Governor

Rhode Island

Incumbent Democratic Gov. Dan McKee is seeking his first full term. The former lieutenant governor succeeded Gina Raimondo (D) in March, 2021. Raimondo resigned after being confirmed as U.S. Secretary of Commerce. 

McKee faces several primary challengers and is not a sure bet to be renominated. His closest challenger in this five-person field appears to be Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea. Also seeing notable support is businesswoman Helena Foulkes. There isn't much polling to go on; both McKee and Gorbea have led surveys, but generally within the margin of error.

Whoever emerges as the nominee will be favored in November. 

New Hampshire

Republican Gov. Chris Sununu is seeking his fourth term. The state is one of only two - neighboring Vermont the other - where the gubernatorial term is two years instead of four. Although he has drawn a few challengers, Sununu is expected to be renominated and is a heavy favorite in the general election.

State Sen. Tom Sherman is unopposed for the Democratic nomination.

U.S. House

New Hampshire District 1 (Republican)

Democratic Rep. Chris Pappas is seeking a third term; he is unopposed for renomination. This is a highly competitive general election district; the partisan composition was not altered significantly by redistricting.

Ten Republicans are seeking the nomination. The frontrunners appear to be Matt Mowers and Karoline Leavitt. Mowers was the 2020 nominee in the district, losing to Pappas by about 5%. 

The party establishment is split, with both Mowers and Leavitt gaining endorsements from GOP leadership. Also seeing notable political support are Gail Huff Brown and Tim Baxter, although they have trailed in polling.

New Hampshire District 2 (Republican)

Democratic Rep. Ann Kuster is seeking a 6th term; she is unopposed for renomination. The Republican nomination appears to be a two-way race between former Hillsborough County Treasurer Bob Burns and Keene Mayor George Hansel.   

In a story similar to the state's U.S. Senate race, Democrats are spending money to prop up the more conservative Burns, seeing him as the weaker general election candidate. This district leans a bit more Democratic than District 1, but still within reach for a Republican flip in November.

Rhode Island District 2 (Democratic)

Democrat Jim Langevin is retiring after 11 terms. Several candidates are on the Democratic ballot to try and succeed him. The frontrunner is State Treasurer Seth Magaziner, who has been endorsed by Langevin.

The GOP field has cleared for Allan Fung, the former Mayor of Cranston. He is unopposed for the nomination. Fung was also the GOP nominee for governor in both 2014 and 2018.

A Republican hasn't won a U.S. House seat in Rhode Island since 1992, but the general election is shaping up to be competitive. Most forecasters rate it 'Leans Democratic', but a June Suffolk University poll - the most recent available - showed Fung ahead by 45% to 39%.

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