With federal reps who are Democrats, and state reps who are majority Republican, New Hampshire swings from one party to the next frequently. This election proves to be equally interesting. Here’s the 411 on New Hampshire’s primary.
New Hampshire has its statewide primary election on Tuesday, September 11. If you’re a voter in New Hampshire, all the resources you need to vote are listed here; if you’re not in the state, consider sharing this post with friends or on social media to increase awareness and turnout!
New Hampshire Voter Resources
Confirm your voter registration: https://iwillvote.com/
Info for overseas/military voters here
Find your polling place here
Check ID requirements here
Absentee voting info here
STATE Politics: A Snapshot
• No Senators are up for re-election in 2018
• Both House Representatives (2) are up for re-election
• Voted +0.4 for Clinton in 2016
• Current partisan breakdown of the state legislature:
>>> Governor (R)
>>> State Senate 14 (R) – 10 (D)
>>> State House 217 (R) – 176 (D) – 3 (L) plus four vacant seats
The sitting governor, Chris Sununu (R), is seeking re-election. Although this race is rated Lean Republican, it is very much competitive. The Democratic candidates are:
U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Currently, both U.S. House Representatives are Democrats. The incumbent for District 1 is not seeking re-election; there is a long list of Democrats running for the seat. The incumbent in District 2, Annie Custer, is running for re-election and is unopposed in the primary.
All 24 seats in the Senate are up for re-election this year. Democrats need to flip 3 seats to gain control of the Senate. A list of the districts with re-elections and the candidates running for those seats can be found here.
All 400 seats in the House are up for re-election this year. The NH House has seen massive swings from one party to the other over the last several election cycles. This year, there are 67 districts that are “pivot counties,” i.e. they voted for Obama then Trump. A list of the candidates running for the House can be found here.
NOTE: If you’re unsure which state district you’re in, type in your address at Open States to get that info.
A Final Note
For a more complete list of state races in the primary, visit Ballotpedia: New Hampshire Elections 2018. You can enter your address at 411Vote to see a sample ballot. To learn about events featuring candidates running for office, connect with your local chapter of the New Hampshire Democrats.