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Holds: Senate (Hassan), NH-01 (Pappas)

In 2016, U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan defeated incumbent Kelly Ayotte by a mere 0.1 points. In the 2022 Midterms, Hassan has been deemed one of the top three vulnerable Democrats in the Senate. Hassan faces two Republican challengers at this point, but the bigger question is whether Gov. Chris Sununu, scion of New Hampshire political dynasty, will enter the race. Some polls show that Hassan and Sununu are in a dead heat, with others giving him a slight lead. But Sununu’s handling of the Covid 19 pandemic is causing some of his support to slip. The Cook Political Report designates New Hampshire as Lean D.

U.S. Rep. Chris Pappas NH-01 won an open seat in 2018 by 8 points. In 2020, he beat Republican challenger and Trump senior adviser in the State Department Matt Mower, but his margin slipped 3 points. Mower is one of six Republicans who have filed to run in 2022. The other challenger of note is Gail Huff Brown, a former television reporter and wife of one-term Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown. The NRCC has targeted Pappas in billboards that claim he is in favor of higher taxes. The 1st New Hampshire District has a long history of flipping from one party to the other. Pappas' district is rated Lean R by the Cook Political Report, but the rating could change once the Republican-controlled legislature draws new district maps.