N.H. Democrats Pick Pappas, Kelly to Run in November

Granite State voters chose Democrat Chris Pappas to compete for the open seat in New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District, while Republicans picked Navy veteran, Eddie Edwards.

Pappas, an elected member of New Hampshire’s Executive Council — a body that advises the governor — defeated 10 other Democrats in the race to replace retiring Democratic Rep. Carol Shea-Porter. Pappas will face Republican Edwards, a former police chief endorsed by the Trump administration. Edwards would be the state’s first black congressman if elected in November N.H.’s 1st district, which includes Manchester and Dover, is rated “Lean Democratic” by Cook Political Report.

Democrats also chose Molly Kelly as their candidate to challenge Republican incumbent Gov. Chris Sununu. Kelly, a former state senator, defeated Steve Marchand, former mayor of Portsmouth.

In the 2nd district, Republican Steven Negron won a very tight primary race to take on incumbent Democratic Rep. Ann Kuster; the region includes Nashua and Concord and is rated “Likely Democratic” by Cook.

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