Democrat Molly Kelly wins nomination for NH governor

KEENE, N.H. (WCAX) The Associated Press says Democrat Molly Kelly has won the nomination for New Hampshire governor.

It was a big night for Kelly. Now it's on to the general election against Republican Governor Chris Sununu. Tuesday night, Kelly issued Sununu a warning: "Don't underestimate me."

The former state senator spoke to supporters at Keene State College Tuesday evening where -- she is an alumnus -- after easily defeating former Portsmouth Mayor Steve Marchand. Kelly ran on a platform of a New Hampshire that works for everyone and not just the rich. In her victory speech, she made it clear that will be her theme throughout her general election campaign.

“From day one on this campaign I rejected corporate campaign donations unlike Chris Sununu who has collected millions and it is Chris Sununu giving wealthy corporations millions in tax breaks. When I am governor, the people of New Hampshire will come first,” Kelly said.

Kelly received some key endorsements which clearly helped her in the primary. Those included Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan as well as Congresswoman Annie Kuster.

She will need all the help she can get. Gov. Sununu has an organization and money already in place. And, over the last 90 years, only one incumbent governor has lost a re-election bid after just one term.