/New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu defeats GOP challenger and other things to watch in Tuesdays primaries

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu defeats GOP challenger and other things to watch in Tuesdays primaries

WASHINGTON – With primary season almost at a close, New Hampshire and Rhode Island held nominating contests on Tuesday.

Two incumbents in New Hampshire, Republican Gov. Chris Sununu and Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, defeated long-shot primary challenges, the Associated Press determined at 8 p.m. ET.

Delaware will hold its state primary on Sept. 15.

Here are key things to watch for Tuesday’s primaries:

New Hampshire gubernatorial race

Republican Gov. Chris Sununu, the incumbent, faced a long-shot primary challenger, Franklin City Councilor Karen Testerman.

Sununu was first elected in 2013, and was the first Republican elected after Democrats had held the seat since 2005. Testerman jumped into the race due to Sununu’s response to COVID-19, saying that he has been too restrictive, according to WMUR.

According to a June poll by Saint Anselm College Survey Center, Sununu’s job approval rating was at 77%.

Two Democrats are also vying to be their party’s gubernatorial nominee, State Sen. Dan Feltes and Andru Volinsky, a member of the Executive Council of New Hampshire.

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New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu speaks on stage prior to the NASCAR Cup Series Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on August 2, 2020, in Loudon, New Hampshire.

Both Feltes and Volinsky have touted their records on education funding, and have criticized Sununu for his coronavirus response, particularly for allowing local school districts to decide how to reopen.

Feltes has outraised Volinsky in fundraising. However, Volinsky earned the support of top progressives, such as Sen. Bernie Sanders.

NH Sen. Jeanne Shaheen defeats primary challengers

Shaheen, the Democratic incumbent, defeated two long-shot challengers in the Democratic primary for her Senate seat.

Shaheen competed against Paul Krautmann and Tom Alciere, who previously ran for a House seat in 2018 as a Libertarian candidate.

According to the Saint Anselm survey, Shaheen’s approval rating is at 52%.

There are also four candidates running on the Republican side, Gerard Beloin, Don Bolduc, Andy Martin and Bryant “Corky” Messner.

Messner is leading in fundraising and has been endorsed by President Donald Trump. His main opponent is Bolduc, a retired United States Army officer. Messner, who owns a charitable foundation to help low-income college students, has faced scrutiny over the past several weeks after the Washington Post reported that the Messner Foundation awarded just one scholarship in its first 10 years.

In addition, Messner has also been criticized for running in New Hampshire instead of Colorado, where he has owned a longtime home and a business. Messner, who also owns a home in New Hampshire, didn’t register to vote there until 2018.

Rhode Island Rep. Jim Langevin beats primary challenger

Incumbent Rep. Jim Langevin, who has served Rhode Island’s 2nd Congressional District for nearly two decades, beat a late primary challenger, progressive Dylan Conley.

Conley jumped into the race in June, citing the Black Lives Matter protests and the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Cranston Herald.

This race follows an ongoing trend of young, progressive candidates trying to unseat longtime Democratic incumbents. Jamaal Bowman of New York and Cori Bush of Missouri are among two key progressives who won primaries against more moderate incumbents.

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Langevin said he sought reelection because he believes more needs to be done to address the economic and health crisis facing the nation following the pandemic, the Herald reported.

“There’s still more work to be done to help the people of Rhode Island, and the people of our country get through this crisis right now,” Langevin told the Herald. “We are battling a war on two fronts: The COVID health care crisis, but also the economic fallout from the COVID crisis.”

According to the Herald, Conley has criticized Langevin for his low profile in Congress. Conley focused on income inequality and also supports Medicare for All.