GOP Gov. Chris Sununu of New Hampshire is passing on a run for the White House.
“I’ve taken the last six months to look at things, where everything is, and I’ve made the decision not to run for president on the Republican ticket in 2024,” Sununu said Monday in an interview on CNN and in an opinion piece in the Wshington Post.
Sununu, who is in his fourth two-year term steering the key general election battleground state that also holds the second contest in the GOP presidential nominating calendar, had been seriously mulling a White House bid for over a year.
“Obviously a lot goes into that decision but it’s been quite an adventure, but not the end of the adventure by any means,” Sununu told CNN.
Sununu didn’t say if he’d seek re-election next year for what would be an unprecedented fifth term as New Hampshire governor.
“You obviously have a very large field. I think the former President Donald Trump is doing much better in the polls than folks thought,” Sununu said.
Trump, who launched his third straight White House run in November, is currently the commanding front-runner in the latest GOP presidential nomination polls, both nationally and in the key presidential nominating states.
Sununu explained that he beleives he can have a bigger impact by not running for president when it comes to “how we can make the Republican Party bigger.”
“I want more independence on the Republican Party team. I want more young voters on the Republican Party team. I am tired of losing U.S. Senate races,” Sununu emphasized. “I think more folks within the Republican Party have to have that kind of voice, that kind of emphasis of message, in making sure that this is about the Republican Party, not just about the former president.”
This is a developing story and will be updated