Republicans only need to gain one seat in the U.S. Senate to regain control of the chamber after next year’s midterm elections.
This week, the GOP learned that the seat occupied by Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH), which will be among the handful that will be potentially up for grabs, will not be going to Gov. Chris Sununu.
“I’m going to run for a fourth term”
According to the Washington Examiner, the Republican Party had heavily recruited the popular Republican governor to challenge Hassan, but he revealed on Tuesday that he intends to seek re-election to his current office.
His decision clearly puts a crimp in the plan of many Republicans eyeing a possible victory in the upper chamber, though it does not completely rule out the possibility that the party could flip what is widely viewed as a vulnerable seat.
The GOP reportedly has other candidates lined up to potentially enter the race, but Sununu stood out among the potential field of contenders.
As a RealClearPolitics average indicated, he had a solid lead over Hassan in a hypothetical matchup.
Nevertheless, the governor made his intentions known during a press conference on Tuesday, declaring: “I’m going to run for a fourth term.”
“I’d rather push myself 120 miles per hour”
That statement put an end to months of speculation that he might throw his hat in the ring for a Senate bid. He went on to explain his rationale.
“My responsibility is not to the gridlock and politics of Washington, it’s to the citizens of New Hampshire,” he said. “And I’d rather push myself 120 miles per hour delivering wins for New Hampshire than to slow down and end up on Capitol Hill debating partisan politics without results.”
For that reason, he said he will be vying for another term in the governor’s mansion and concluded that he would “be honored if the people of New Hampshire” vote to re-elect him.
His disdain for a senator’s job description was evident throughout his press conference, declaring that they “debate and talk and nothing gets done,” which he said is “not the world” in which he lives. Of course, he has not ruled out ultimately ending up in D.C. — potentially as a presidential contender — as he explained in response to one such question.
“I haven’t ruled out going to Washington, just not as a senator right now,” he said.