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ROUNDUP: Low-Polling Sununu Heads for the Exit

“dead last in the polls”


CONCORD, NH — This week, Governor Chris Sununu ann ounced he would not seek the nomination for president after a months-long media blitz where he abandoned New Hampshire to travel out of state and build his national profile.

Sununu — who almost never scored above 1% nationally in Republican presidential primary polling — recently said that being governor isn’t a “real job,” despite using his power to sign New Hampshire’s first modern abortion ban, veto legislation to keep guns out of schools, and open the door to cutting Social Security and Medicare. ROUNDUP: Union Leader: Sununu takes a pass on 2024 White House run

  • In surveys of likely New Hampshire primary voters, Sununu fared better, either in second or third place behind Trump and DeSantis.

  • New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley said Sununu’s salesmanship won’t rehabilitate the GOP field. “There is not a dime’s worth of difference between Trump and the other two dozen running. All want a national abortion ban, cuts (to) Social Security and Medicare, destroy education, attack LGBTQ and no gun safety,” Buckley said.

  • As recently as Memorial Day, Sununu sounded like he was ready to commit to the presidential race as he has the support of his family, and would make the announcement within a week or two. He had also created a PAC that allowed him to accept unlimited donations for a possible campaign. But as more candidates announced their intentions to run, he has apparently decided against it.

  • New Hampshire Democratic Party chairman Raymond Buckley accused Sununu of teasing a presidential run to hide from his record as governor. “No matter which 2024 MAGA primary candidate Sununu decides to prop up, the reality is there’s not a dime’s worth of difference between them and Donald Trump. All want a national abortion ban, all want to gut Social Security and Medicare as we know them, destroy education, attack LGBTQ+ communities, and ignore gun safety — and New Hampshire Democrats will continue to hold them accountable," Buckley wrote.

  • N.H. Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley tweeted Monday that Trump and other Republican presidential candidates share similar views. “There is not a dime’s worth of difference between Trump and the other two dozen running,” Buckley said. “All want a national abortion ban, [to] cut Social Security and Medicare, destroy education, attack LGBTQ and [oppose] gun safety.”

  • He was dead last in the polls even in his home state and could not compete against Trump or even Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. His brief flirtation with a White House run was somewhat embarrassing

  • Letʼs not forget where Sununu comes from. His father, former White House chief of staff John Sununu, was forced out partly because of the “travelgate” scandal – taking more than 70 rides on military jets for personal use like ski trips and visits to the dentist.

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