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Gov. Chris Sununu, Molly Kelly Make Final Push in NH Gubernatorial Race

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    Candidates Make Final Push in NH Gubernatorial Race

    Republican Gov. Chris Sununu is looking to remain in office while Democrat Molly Kelly tries to persuade New Hampshire voters it's time for a change.

    (Published Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018)

    The only statewide race on the ballot in New Hampshire Tuesday is the race for governor.

    Republican Gov. Chris Sununu is trying to hold onto the corner office, while Democratic challenger Molly Kelly says it's time for a change.

    Both feel confident with just five days until Election Day, but they admit they're expecting it to be a close call.

    "It's going to be tight," said Sununu Thursday. "Without a doubt."

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    Sununu is relying on his record and letting the numbers do the talking.

    "We have a very robust economy, more people working than ever before, higher wages than ever before, things are really cooking here in New Hampshire," Sununu told NBC10 Boston.

    But the Republican incumbent is still pounding the pavement trying to convince voters that he's got the state moving in the right direction.

    "For the first time in years, we are seeing opioid deaths decrease here in New Hampshire, but there's still a long way to go on that," Sununu said.

    Kelly is just as confident.

    "I would say, 'Do not underestimate me,'" Kelly said in an interview Thursday.

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    The financial adviser, former state senator and single mom says she wants to make New Hampshire work for everyone.

    "What we need to do is invest in education and job training. We need to make college affordable," Kelly said. "My opponent's agenda is really about corporate special interests."

    Kelly's focused much of her campaign on drawing parallels between Sununu's policies and President Trump's.

    "Because I don't want them here in New Hampshire, and I start to see that happen, and it' wrong for New Hampshire," Kelly said.

    Sununu says he doesn't think that strategy will work.

    "All of this attachment to Washington, you see, that's just allowing negative Washington politics to come into our state," Sununu said. "They're doing anything they can to distract from the fact that we have such a successful record."

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    But political analyst Scott Spradling says Kelly might be onto something –- tapping into a highly energized Democratic movement with historically high voter turnout.

    "If that happens again on Tuesday, New Hampshire Democrats and Kelly could be taking this and making Sununu a one-term governor," Spradling said.

    The most recent poll from Emerson College has Sununu leading Kelly by eight percentage points.

    It'll all come down to how many people get up, get out and vote.

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