Senate Republicans failed at convincing one of their top recruits to run in 2020 on Friday, though he claimed he would have won.
New Hampshire’s Republican governor, Chris Sununu, on Tuesday announced that he would not challenge Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH).
Sununu was seen as the only Granite State Republican who could mount a competitive race against the Democratic incumbent.
“We all know that I would defeat Senator Shaheen, but others can too” Sununu argued.
He did not name anyone, however, and analysts believe New Hampshire is now a safe seat for Democrats in the 2020 cycle.
2020 Watch: In announcing his re-election campaign for a third term as #nhgov , @GovChrisSununu SLAMS @SenatorShaheen -claiming "we all know that I would defeat Senator Shaheen…Never before has a sitting twelve year Senator from New Hampshire accomplished so little" #NHPolitics pic.twitter.com/LK1eXT07C6
— Paul Steinhauser (@steinhauserNH1) May 14, 2019
And here's Gov @GovChrisSununu full statement on his decision to seek a third term, which means no challenge to @JeanneShaheen #nhgov #nhpolitics #nhsen https://t.co/9ERSuVhrM6 via @jdistaso pic.twitter.com/hjMgkRWoHz
— WMUR TV (@WMUR9) May 14, 2019