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About the state
U.S. House Delegation
Republicans won a trifecta in the New Hampshire state government in 2020, which has made it possible for them to pass legislation gutting funding for public schools, restricting reproductive rights, and limiting election protections. In 2022, Democrats have the opportunity to regain the majority by turning out voters in critical state house and state senate races. These state races will also share the ballot with the state’s Congressional elections which will be crucial to determining the balance of Congress.
Target Races in New Hampshire
Our primary objectives in New Hampshire are to 1) win the U.S. Senate seat held by Sen. Maggie Hassan, 2) help maintain Democrats’ U.S. House majority by winning NH-01, and 3) flip the state legislature from red to blue.
What's at stake
Voting rights. Voting rights are under attack. New Hampshire has long been a difficult state to vote in, particularly for college students, and Republican legislators recently passed legislation to make purging voters easier, make same-day voter registration more complicated, and introduced dozens more bills with the goal of making voting harder. New Hampshire has historically close elections, so in order for Democrats to achieve their electoral goals in the state, combating and circumventing GOP voter suppression tactics is of particular importance and will require stronger Democratic voter outreach and turnout.
Education. New Hampshire ranks last in the nation for state funding for public education. Lack of funding at the state level places an inequitable funding burden on local districts, which is disproportionately more difficult in less wealthy districts with lower property values and a smaller tax base. Additionally, some state teachers have filed a lawsuit against Gov. Sununu regarding the law he signed last year that limits what educators can say to students about race, racism, sexism, and inequality.
Reproductive rights. Abortion access is in peril. At the beginning of 2022, a law passed by the Republican-controlled state legislature and signed into law by Republican Governor Chris Sununu made abortion after 24 weeks of pregnancy illegal and requires every person seeking an abortion to undergo an ultrasound. With a SCOTUS ruling on Roe v. Wade looming, GOP lawmakers in the New Hampshire continue to introduce legislation to limit abortion access in the state, hoping to enact a complete ban if Roe is overturned.
What's at stake facts updated May, 2023