Sununu is the second New Hampshire governor in recent history to win four consecutive two-year terms, after Democrat John Lynch won his fourth term in 2010. The state has no term limits, but elections are held every two years on the even-numbered years, instead of every four like most governorships. Sununu disappointed Republicans earlier this year by announcing a fourth bid for governor instead of running to represent the state in the Senate.
“The U.S. Senate is the B team, compared to governors,” Sununu said of his decision. “Can you honestly tell me if we got rid of every U.S. senator and replaced them with 100 randomly chosen, employed American adults that it would get worse? It’s just a bubble, and you’re talking to your own echo chambers, convincing yourself of this nonreality.”
Sununu was first elected governor in 2016 but served on the Executive Council from 2011 to 2017. Despite his anti-Washington rhetoric, Sununu is the son of former White House chief of staff and former New Hampshire Gov. John H. Sununu, who served under former President George H.W. Bush. He is also the younger brother of former Sen. John E. Sununu, who also served in the House.
Sununu is one of 36 governors seeking reelection this year. In congressional races, Republicans are expected to take back the House, with every member up for reelection in November, and possibly the Senate.