Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Republicans Emerge from Election Controlling New Hampshire Governorship, House, and Senate

Republicans emerged from the November 3, 2020, elections with control of the New Hampshire Governorship, House, and Senate.

New Hampshire, with the state motto “Life Free or Die,” is home to renowned gun maker Sig Sauer.

The Center Square reports that Gov. Chris Sununu (R) won a third term “handily” on November 3, receiving “more than 65 percent of the vote.”

New Hampshire voters also “elected Republican majorities in the state House of Representatives, Senate, and Executive Council.”

The Dartmouthreported the victories by noting that they flipped state House and Senate control from Democrat to Republican. Democrats had “a 14-10 majority in the Senate, a 230-157 majority in the House, and a 3-2 majority on the Executive Council,” but that is now gone.

The outlet also reported that state-level offices went to Republicans even as voters gave federal positions — the presidency and a U.S. Senate seat — to Democrats.

On Wednesday, Sununu expressed gratitude for his own victory, and those of fellow Republicans, by tweeting: “I am pleased that Granite State voters rejected the DC style politics that had crept into the State House these last two years. I am excited to get to work with our new Republican majorities to deliver results for the people of this state.”

Sununu has been pro-Second Amendment during his time in office.

On February 27, 2017, Breitbart News reported that Sununu signed a bill which immediately abolished the requirement that state residents obtain a permit before carrying a concealed handgun for self-defense. It was already legal to open carry a handgun without a permit and and Republicans argued that requiring a permit just because a shirt or jacket covered a gun was a step too far.

On August 20, 2019, Breitbart News reported that he vetoed a Democrat-sponsored bill expanding of background checks. WMUR reported that he vetoed a second bill that would have put in place a three-day waiting period on gun purchases, and a third bill which would have outlawed carrying a gun on school property for self-defense.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him at . You can sign up to get Down Range at breitbart.com/downrange.

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