September 14th, 2007
12:00 PM ET
11 years ago

Former New Hampshire governor to challenge senator

Shaheen will make a bid for a New Hampshire Senate seat.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Former New Hampshire Gov. Jeanne Shaheen is resigning her post with Harvard University to run against Sen. John Sununu in 2008, the school announced Friday morning.

Shaheen, a Democrat, and Sununu, a Republican, squared off in 2002 for the Senate seat that was held, at the time, by GOP Sen. Robert Smith. Sununu defeated Smith earlier that year in the Republican primary, and went on to defeat Shaheen in the general election by a 51 to 47 percent margin. As of now, Shaheen does not have a clear path to the nomination, because there are already a handful of Democratic candidates running for the seat.

In 2005, Shaheen was appointed director of Harvard University’s Institute of Politics.

Filed under: Jeanne Shaheen • New Hampshire
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    Yes! Another Senate pickup.

    September 14, 2007 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  2. alan St Louis Mo

    The BLUE is spilling all over america its going to be a great election . All the stress and anger America been building up the last 8 years is going to show. Good luck Shaheen you realy dont need it. you already won.

    September 14, 2007 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  3. Lee, Mays Landing NJ

    The remaining republicans in office will be reduced largely to those states that lost the civil war.
    This is no coincidence.
    They've been fighting progress, equality and modern thought since the war ended in 1865 and before.

    September 14, 2007 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  4. Jim Hahn, Santa Rosa, California

    Great! Two down and 20 to go. Best of luck to both Jeanne Shaheen and to Mark Warner, popular former governors who are headed into the US Senate to get this country back on the right track and away from the ignorance and arrogance that has been the hallmark of the current administration.

    September 14, 2007 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  5. Henry Tucker, GA

    LOL – and Howard Dean was a shoe-in early in the 2004 election cycle.

    You guys keep your over-confident assurances. Mr Rove and the GOP just MIGHT have something to share with the voters of those states.

    September 14, 2007 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  6. Vinny, Cambridge, MA

    bomp bomp bomp, another one bites the dust

    This race is over.

    September 14, 2007 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  7. Ru B, Londonderry, NH

    I noticed none of you overly assured commenters are from NH. We didn't vote for her the first time. We're not likely to vote for her the next time. I'd be surprised if we re-elect the two Reps we sent to the House this session, too.

    September 14, 2007 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  8. EB

    She'll whip Sununu good – He's on shaky ground anyway. Half of Massachusetts has moved to NH anyway, so that state has become less and less red every day. The only red parts left are without running water and electricity.

    September 14, 2007 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  9. Andy Merrimack,NH

    Jeanne's overkill.

    We've already got 3 great candidates that'll send Sununu home. I wish she had waited for running against Gregg in 2010 to make our congressional delegation totally blue.

    September 14, 2007 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  10. Jesse Pittsburgh, PA

    great stuff... warner in va and shaheen in nh. Now we need Kerrey in Nebraska!!! We've also got some excellent house race opportunities to pick up seats. Hopefully Hafer will defeat "do nothing" rubber stamper tim Murphy.

    September 15, 2007 10:46 am at 10:46 am |