Two-term GOP Sen. Judd Gregg, who easily won his party's nomination in the primary, will meet Democrat Doris "Granny D" Haddock in the fall. The 94-year-old woman campaigned by walking across the state.
First-term GOP Gov. Craig Benson defeated a little-known primary challenger. He faces millionaire businessman John Lynch, who beat state Rep. Paul McEachern to win the Democratic nomination.
The 2002 elections treated Republicans in New Hampshire well. Not since 1994 have Republicans dominated an election as they did last year, sweeping top offices and making big gains in both houses of the Legislature.
Part of the Republican sweep in 2002, Benson's anti-tax platform easily trumped Democrat Mark Fernald. The state has two-year gubernatorial terms. Republican Sen. Judd Gregg also faces re-election for the seat he has held since 1992.
New Hampshire's economy is the strongest in New England but the state has faced a major loss of manufacturing jobs, especially in high-tech industries.
Benson and the Legislature clashed when he vetoed the budget this past year. He said he felt it spent too much money and would result in an income tax. Lawmakers disagreed, arguing that Benson's veto was nothing more than political posturing. The eventual budget Benson did sign increased spending by roughly 8 percent over two years, when federal money, gasoline taxes and other funding sources are included.
In the 2002 elections, Republican Rep. John E. Sununu led a statewide GOP rout by narrowly defeating Democratic Governor Jeanne Shaheen in the Senate race. Shaheen has since been named national chairwoman of Democrat John Kerry's presidential campaign.
In the House races, moderate Republican Jeb Bradley defeated Democrat Martha Fuller to win the seat which Sununu gave up to run for the Senate.
Voters refused to give the Legislature more control to set administrative rules for state courts, or to call a constitutional convention.