New Hampshire’s governor’s race boasts huge field, diverse array of candidates
Much of the political oxygen in New Hampshire in 2016 is already being used up by the contentious presidential race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. What’s left is going to the competitive U.S. Senate race between Republican incumbent Kelly Ayotte and Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan.
But look a little further down on the ticket, and you’ll see a large and diverse field of candidates in the race for governor. A total of seven people (three Democrats and four Republicans) are running for the open seat.
Right now, none of them are very well-known, said University of New Hampshire political science professors Andy Smith and Dante Scala.
“It’s a fresh race,” Scala said. “It does feel more like a clean slate, there’s more of a chance for something interesting, unexpected.”