Primary Primer: What You Need to Know About the Big N.H. Races

Sep 13, 2016

New Hampshire voters will narrow down many of this year's political races today, with primaries in campaigns for U.S. Senate, Congress and governor -- all the way down to individual seats for the Legislature.

Click here to see a slideshow of photos taken by NHPR reporters around New Hampshire on Primary Day.

Related: Find your local polling place with this search tool from the N.H. Secretary of State's office

If you're still trying to figure out how to vote, you've come to the right place. NHPR has been following these races for months, and we've gathered our coverage here -- including candidate profiles, issue explainers, on-air interviews with the candidates, and updates from the campaign trail. 

The Races: Candidate Profiles and Coverage

Governor's Race  |  U.S. Senate Race

Congressional Races  |  State Senate Race 

Governor's Race

Meet the Candidates 

Click on the images to see profiles and resumes of each candidate

Interviews with the candidates:

Candidate feature stories:

Debate Coverage:

The candidates for governor met in Republican and Democratic Primary debates on WMUR on Sept. 6th.

Where They Stand: Comparing Candidate Policies and Proposals

More coverage of the gubernatorial primary race

 

U.S. Senate Race
Republican Primary challenger Jim Rubens, Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R), and Democratic challenger Governor Maggie Hassan

Coverage by Candidate:

Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R) - Incumbent

Jim Rubens (R) - Republican Primary Challenger

Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) - Democratic Primary Candidate

Primary Debate Coverage: 

The Money Race:

Ayotte and Hassan Well on Their Way to Record Spending in Senate Race

A video guide to outside spending in New Hampshire's U.S. Senate Race

View more coverage of the 2016 U.S. Senate Race 

Congressional Races
Incumbent Frank Guinta (R), Republican primary challenger Rich Ashooh, and former Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (D)

Coverage by Candidate  

District 1:  

Rep. Frank Guinta (R) - Incumbent

Rich Ashooh (R) - Republican Primary Challenger

Carol Shea-Porter (D) - Democratic Primary Candidate (formerly held seat)

CD1 Candidate Interviews:

Congresswoman Annie Kuster (D), Republican Primary candidate Jack Flanagan, and Republican Primary candidate Jim Lawrence

District 2:

Annie Kuster (D) - Incumbent

Jack Flanagan (R) - Primary candidate

Jim Lawrence (R) - Primary candidate

Debate Coverage:

Vying for CD2, Republicans Lawrence and Flanagan Debate Ahead of Primary

CD2 Candidate Interviews:

Jack Flanagan On His Run For Congress And Where He Stands On The Issues

 

N.H. State Senate Race
The New Hampshire State Senate chamber
Credit Allegra Boverman for NHPR

Link: Ballotpedia's overview of the New Hampshire state Senate

Feature stories about the campaigns:

State of Democracy series: Gerrymandering Gives Republicans the Edge in State Senate:

Data and Infographics on N.H. Politics and Elections

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