New Hampshire GOP congressman wins primary for governor

NEW HAVEN, N.H. — New Hampshire Republican Rep. Tim Murphy won a primary Tuesday night, defeating Democratic Rep. Beth McCann in a tight race to become the party’s next governor.

The Associated Press had earlier reported the contest was close but that Murphy had the edge.

The GOP-controlled General Assembly approved the governor’s term by a vote of 63-37 in April.

Murphy has said he would be the first African-American elected to New Hampshire’s highest office.

He was re-elected to a second term in the House in 2020.

He has said his focus is on his job as an entrepreneur, and he has not focused on any outside interests during his time in office.

In a campaign video released Tuesday, Murphy said he was grateful to his supporters, saying, “We have to continue to fight for the people of New Hampshire.”

New Hampshire’s governor’s race was the third in a row to be decided by the Republican Party, which is controlled by the party establishment and is expected to retain its majority in the statehouse.