Republican New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu calls 2022 midterm results a ‘rejection of extremism’

Republican New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu says the results of the midterm elections are a “rejection of extremism” by the American public.

Sununu made the remark Sunday on ABC’s ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ after defeating his opponent in the New Hampshire gubernatorial race by more than 15 points.

“I think we’ve been talking a lot about it this week. Candidate quality matters,” he said. “You know, there’s a chance of extremism that I think a lot of Republicans were painted with, rightfully or not. You know, when you have a product, you can’t let the other side define you, right? And that’s what — what campaigns are.”

“It’s a product of good ideas and what you want to bring to the table,” Sununu continued. “And, ultimately, I think the Democrats did a very good job of defining a lot of these candidates before they even had a chance to introduce themselves.”


New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu at a campaign stop for Republican Senate candidate Chuck Morse at the Bedford High School polling location on Sept. 13, 2022 in Bedford, New Hampshire. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)
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Sununu added that “you have all this other national stuff happening that, I think, scared a lot of folks, this extremism that’s out there. And that’s what this was. This was just a rejection of that extremism. I don’t think anyone likes the policies out of D.C. No one likes paying, you know, six bucks for a gallon of heating oil, especially with winter coming.”

“But what I think people said was, ‘Look, we can work on these policies later, but as Americans, we’ve got to fix extremism right now.’ And I think that’s exactly what you saw,” he told ABC.

When asked to define extremism, Sununu also said, “There’s a whole stream of things out there that can be deemed extreme, on one side and the other,” and that he thinks there is “an extreme left and an extreme right.”

Republican Gov. Chris Sununu of New Hampshire speaks at a New Hampshire GOP unity breakfast, on Sept. 15, 2022 in Concord, N.H.
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“In this sense, I think a lot of folks were really focused — are saying, ‘Look, it’s not about payback; it’s about solving problems,’ right? And there was talk like that. It’s not about, you know, nationalizing abortion bans and all this kind of stuff,” Sununu said.

Incumbent Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan, who defeated New Hampshire Republican Senate candidate Don Bolduc in the midterms.
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He added: “There was talk like that. That just scared people. And, you know, the horrible — the attack on Mr. Pelosi and — I mean, those types of things got people’s, you know, angst up, and they said, ‘Look, enough of this. We have to start putting in folks that are definitely going to come together and work across the aisle.'”