Longtime GOP activist and Franklin City Councilor Karen Testerman tells NHJournal she’s going to file papers Wednesday to challenge incumbent Gov. Chris Sununu in the Republican primary.

“I’ve had enough.  I want New Hampshire to be free again,” Testerman said.

For weeks, grassroots conservatives upset by Sununu’s handling of the COVID-19 emergency — in particular his extended stay-at-home order shutting down “non-essential businesses”— have privately discussed a primary challenge. However, with Sununu’s approval rating consistently north of 80 percent, some of the most ardent activists acknowledge it would be an all-but-unwinnable fight.

Testerman says she doesn’t believe the polls and that Granite Staters are looking for a leader who will put principle ahead of politics.

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