New Hampshire primaries are much too long, while New Hampshire’s general elections are much too short. That’s great if you are an incumbent.
For example, Jeanne Shaheen gets to watch Don Bolduc and Corky Messner beat the crap out of each other for one full year … Bolduc announced in July, 2019, while Messner announced in September, 2019. While Bolduc and Messner soften each other up … “Jeannie” gets to raise money, pretend to be a moderate and pile on against her potential opponents.
Not so great if you are a challenger. Bolduc and Messner … bloodied and battered after a year long primary … will have a mere two months to raise money and make the case against “Jeannie.”
There is a very simple solution. The primary should be moved from September to May, which would give the nominee a full six months to wage the general campaign.
And by way of preemptive response to any incumbent GOP State Reps and State Senators who think the election calendar should revolve around the House’s and Senate’s legislative calendar, i.e. no sign-ups until after the Legislature adjourns (June) — CRY ME A RIVER … KAREN.