facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Sununu rejects another run for Senate

July 2, 2009 at 10:29 PM   |   Comments

1 of 2
| License Photo
WASHINGTON, July 2 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Sen. John Sununu, R-N.H., who lost his bid for a second term in 2008, says he does not plan to run in 2010 for the seat being vacated by Judd Gregg.

Sununu announced Wednesday he would not be a candidate, The Hill reported, a decision that opens the door for other Republicans in New Hampshire. The only announced candidate for the seat so far is Democratic Rep. Paul Hodes.

After serving three terms in the House, Sununu, the son and namesake of a former New Hampshire governor and White House chief of staff, narrowly defeated Gov. Jeanne Shaheen for the Senate in 2002. In a rematch, Shaheen beat him 52 percent to 45 percent last year.

Several Republicans have shown interest in running, including Fred Tausch, a businessman who has hired some of Sununu's former staff. Other possible candidates include New Hampshire Attorney General Kelly Ayotte, former Rep. Charlie Bass and Ovide Lamontagne, who lost to Shaheen in the 1996 gubernatorial race.

New Hampshire, once a state that almost never elected Democrats statewide, has been leaning toward the party in recent years.

© 2009 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Stratosphere crash driver commits suicide Stratosphere crash driver commits suicide
2
Kentucky firefighter injured in ice bucket challenge dies Kentucky firefighter injured in ice bucket challenge dies
3
Sister shoots and kills brother to protect father Sister shoots and kills brother to protect father
4
New York buses will feature anti-Islam ads depicting James Foley New York buses will feature anti-Islam ads depicting James Foley
5
Five men escape jail near Fresno, Calif. Five men escape jail near Fresno, Calif.
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback