The Bulletin asked the governor for clarification. The response from his office continued to confuse the issue.
New Hampshire elects a governor and five-member Executive Council every two years. Gov. Chris Sununu, a Republican, won reelection in 2020 to a third term. The executive councilors who won in 2020 are Joseph Kenney (R), Cinde Warmington (D), Janet Stevens (R), Ted Gatsas (R), and Dave Wheeler (R).
Global warming has been helpful to tick populations, expanding tick season to parts of the winter that used to be too cold for them to survive.
Proponents of an earlier primary argue it would level the playing field between incumbents and newcomers.
Long awaited, the announcement was seen by many as an inevitability.
One in five likely GOP primary voters remained undecided late last month about their Senate pick. Among those undecideds, 21% said Sununu's endorsement would make them more likely to vote for that candidate.
With an updated announcement Tuesday, a spokesperson for WMUR said the Republican incumbent won't be participating.