Sununu vs. Van Ostern: From governor’s council to office

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The two major-party candidates in New Hampshire’s gubernatorial race are hoping to make the jump from the governor’s Executive Council to the governor’s office.

Republican Chris Sununu and Democrat Colin Van Ostern are vying to replace Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan (HAS’-uhn), who is challenging Republican U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte (AY’-aht) on Tuesday.

Both men serve on the Executive Council, which approves state contracts and nominations. But they spent much of the campaign criticizing each other’s day jobs.

Van Ostern argued that the Waterville Valley ski resort suffered under Sununu’s management. Sununu said Van Ostern’s time at Southern New Hampshire University and Stonyfield Yogurt hardly make him a business leader.

The winner will replace 44-year-old Nikki Haley of South Carolina as the youngest governor. Sununu is 42. Van Ostern is 37.

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