New Hampshire: Once Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan announced that she would challenge first-term GOP U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, this became an open seat and one of three Democratic-held seats in Toss Up. There are currently two announced Democratic candidates: Mark Connolly, a financial adviser and former head of the state Bureau of Securities Regulation, and Colin Van Ostern, a member of the Executive Council and a former manager at Stonyfield Inc. (yogurt). The field might expand as Stefany Shaheen, the daughter of Democratic U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and a former member of the Portsmouth City Council, is considering running. On the Republican side, Executive Councilor Chris Sununu, the son of former Gov. John Sununu and brother of former U.S. Sen. John Sununu, Jr., was the first to announce. St. Rep. Frank Edelblut has jumped into the race, and Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas has said that he is looking at making a run. Sununu’s name identification and ability to raise money make him an instant frontrunner for the GOP nod, regardless of who else gets in the race. At this point,

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