SANBORNTON, New Hampshire — “What’s the case for her?” Gov. Chris Sununu responded dismissively when the Republican was asked to lay out his case against Sen. Maggie Hassan, the incumbent Democrat he may challenge in midterm elections next year.
Sununu, the GOP’s coveted 46-year-old recruit, is undecided about mounting a 2022 bid after three successful gubernatorial campaigns in just four years (New Hampshire still limits its chief executive to two-year terms.) But gradually, Sununu is dipping his toes into the national political waters and feeling out a race against Hassan, suggesting however much the governor might legitimately “hate” Washington, waging the potentially decisive battle for control of an evenly divided Senate intrigues him.
On Thursday, over scrambled eggs, crisp bacon, and fluffy pancakes as big as Frisbees at a family-run breakfast spot in tiny Sanbornton, in rural central New Hampshire, after an early morning hike to the summit of Mount Major along Lake Winnipesaukee, Sununu answered the