CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Legislature has defeated a pair of bills filed in response to the hotly contested secretary of state's race last year.
Lawmakers re-elect guardian of New Hampshire primary
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — With loud cheers and applause, New Hampshire lawmakers on Wednesday re-elected their veteran secretary of state and guardian of the first-in-the-nation presidential primary after two rounds of close votes.
Legislators voted to keep Bill Gardner, the nation's longest-serving secretary of state. He has held the job for 42 years.
"I'm very, very grateful to those of you who let this happen," Gardner told them afterward. "That office is so unique and so special."
Ex-governors Lynch, Merrill speak up for secretary of state
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A pair of former governors from opposing parties joined other supporters of Secretary of State Bill Gardner to argue that he deserves another term.
Current, most former governors back Gardner’s re-election
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Most of New Hampshire's living former governors are backing the re-election of Secretary of State Bill Gardner.
Lawmakers will decide on Dec. 5 whether to give Gardner a 22nd two-year term or give the position to fellow Democrat Colin Van Ostern, a former executive councilor and gubernatorial candidate.
NH secretary of state makes case for 22nd term to lawmakers
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Secretary of State Bill Gardner made his case for a 22nd term to new lawmakers on Tuesday, defending his decades of service and bristling at a suggestion that he debate an opponent who has spent an unprecedented eight months criticizing him.
Post midterms, spotlight shifts to secretary of state race
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A few hours before the New Hampshire Legislature selected a secretary of state in 1976, longshot candidate Bill Gardner rounded a corner in the Statehouse and came upon a television reporter interviewing his opponent.
"Now that you've been elected secretary of state, what's the first thing you're gonna do?" the reporter asked Republican Arthur Drake, a former lawmaker widely expected to win.
Shurtleff nominated as New Hampshire House speaker
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The new Democratic majority in the New Hampshire House nominated longtime Rep. Steve Shurtleff as its next speaker Thursday but signaled a readiness to get rid of longtime Secretary of State Bill Gardner.
The Latest: Van Ostern favored as next Secretary of State
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The Latest on the meeting of the Democratic majority of the New Hampshire House (all times local):
The new Democratic majority in the New Hampshire House is favoring a new candidate for Secretary of State over Bill Gardner, the nation's longest-serving secretary of state and guardian of New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation presidential primary.
Sununu files for re-election
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Republican Gov. Chris Sununu has filed for re-election to serve a second, two-year term.
Sununu filed for the 2018 election on Thursday. He is unopposed in the Sept. 11 primary. He had defeated Democrat Colin Van Ostern in the 2016 election.
Democrat Steve Marchand filed his candidacy for governor Thursday. Democrat Molly Kelly was expected to file Friday, the last day of the filing period.
Second Democrat plans to challenge secretary of state
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Another Democrat is stepping up to challenge longtime New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner.
Gardner has held the office for 42 years, making him the nation's longest serving secretary of state, but has faced criticism from fellow Democrats for his involvement in the Trump administration's commission on voter fraud.
Nation’s longest-serving secretary of state faces challenge
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The nation's longest-serving secretary of state and guardian of New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation presidential primary is facing a serious challenger for the first time in decades — from within his own party.
Colin Van Ostern on Wednesday announced his campaign to unseat Secretary of State Bill Gardner, who has been in office for 42 years. Van Ostern, 39, is a former member of the Executive Council who lost the 2016 gubernatorial race to Republican Chris Sununu.
Van Ostern won’t make second bid for NH governor
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Colin Van Ostern has announced he will not make another run in New Hampshire governor's race.
The Concord Monitor reports the 2016 Democratic gubernatorial nominee said in a statement Wednesday campaigning full-time wasn't the right choice for himself or his family. Van Ostern was defeated by Republican Chris Sununu by slightly more than 16,000 votes.
Sununu confirms he’s running for re-election in 2018
BEDFORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Republican Gov. Chris Sununu has confirmed he's running for re-election in 2018, a bid that was widely expected.
New Hampshire Public Radio reports (http://bit.ly/2yJwa8V) Sununu made the comment during an address in Bedford on Wednesday before The New England Council a regional business group.
Election drama, kidnapping sentence, Powerball headline 2016
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — An election year highlighted by a parade of presidential hopefuls and competitive Senate and gubernatorial races headlines New Hampshire's top stories in 2016.
Republican Donald Trump broke with campaign tradition and held rallies over house parties to win the presidential primary. Democrat Hillary Clinton lost the primary, but won the nomination and the state's four Electoral College votes.
Sununu is new governor, but US Senate race too close to call
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Several of New Hampshire's top races remained too close to call Wednesday morning, including a U.S. Senate race that was still suspenseful but less significant to the national political scene.
Republican Chris Sununu elected governor of New Hampshire
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Republican Chris Sununu defeated Democrat Colin Van Ostern on Tuesday to become New Hampshire's next governor and the nation's youngest at 42.
Sununu, whose father, John H. Sununu, served as governor in the 1980s, will replace Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan, who ran for U.S. Senate after two terms in Concord. He will be the state's first Republican governor since Craig Benson, who was elected in 2002 and served a single two-year term.
Sununu, Van Ostern hit trail for final campaign weekend
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Gubernatorial candidates Chris Sununu and Colin Van Ostern brought in powerful surrogates Saturday as they made their final pitch to New Hampshire voters this weekend.
Sununu, a Republican, and Van Ostern, a Democrat, are battling to replace outgoing Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan for a two-year term. The election is Tuesday.