The New Hampshire House did the state a service this week in sustaining a gubernatorial veto of legislation that would overturn the long-held tradition of having state political primaries in the fall. Next year, it should make quick work of spiking a bill that would be worse than the first.
Like or dislike the candidates chosen under it, the current system has worked well. Proponents of the change have failed to make a strong case that there is anything wrong with holding primaries in September. Giving primary winners a longer window to campaign for the November general election was one argument for moving up the dates, but we suspect a lot of the public says a polite thanks, but no thanks to perpetual campaigns.
Gov. Chris Sununu vetoed the bill that would move the primaries into August, no doubt heeding the wise counsel of outgoing Secretary of State William Gardner, who also saw no reason for such a change.
For now, at least, Granite Staters can still look forward to summers where vacations and sunscreen are top of mind. But don’t get too comfortable. Legislators are already looking at a plan next session to have June primaries.