Completion of the Seabrook nuclear power plant and the fate of its prime owner is fast shaping as key issue in New Hampshire's gubernatorial campaign. Republican Gov. John Sununu, who breezed to renomination in the Granite State's GOP primary Tuesday, wants the project to continue. State Rep. Chris Spirou of Manchester, winner of the Democratic nomination, is out to scuttle the controversial project.
In neighboring Vermont, where fourth-term Republican Gov. Richard A. Snelling is not seeking reelection, raising the drinking age could become a dominant issue in the gubernatorial campaign between Democratic nominee Madeleine Kunin and Republican John J. Easton, winner over Hilton Wick in Tuesday's hard-fought GOP primary.
Mr. Easton favors keeping the drinking age at 18. Mrs. Kunin, a former lieutenant governor who could become Vermont's first woman governor, wants the drinking age raised.
The Kunin candidacy could be helped by a split within Vermont Republican ranks caused by the fiercely fought tussle for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, a contest in which conservative Mr. Wick outspent the more moderate Mr. Easton.
Rhode Island Democrats gave their gubernatorial nomination to their state's treasurer, Anthony J. Solomon, who took 58 percent of Tuesday's primary votes in defeating Warwick Mayor Joseph W. Walsh.
In the Nov. 6 election Mr. Solomon will face Cranston Mayor Edward DiPrete, who was nominated without opposition by Republican voters.
The Rhode Island economy looms as the key campaign issue, with Solomon stressing his experience in fiscal management at the state level and Mayor DiPrete citing his on the municipal front.
Connecticut's Sept. 11 primary involved no national or major state offices.
There were six other primaries across the nation:
Arizona: Democratic US Rep. Morris Udall, a one-time presidential contender, defeated a primary challenger to win a 12th term, since he has no Republican opponent.
Colorado: Lt. Gov. Nancy Dick narrowly defeated lawyer Carlos Lucero in the Democratic primary for a chance to take on US Sen. William Armstrong, a first-term Republican who had no primary opposition.
Minnesota: Secretary of State Joan Growe defeated state Treasurer Robert Mattson for the Democratic nomination to the US Senate. She will try to unseat popular independent-Republican Sen. Rudy Boschwitz.
New York: In the race for Rep. Geraldine Ferraro's House seat, City Councilman Thomas Manton, who lost to her in the 1978 primary, won a four-way Democratic contest. Serphin Maltese, a Conservative Party leader, defeated newcomer Salvatore Calise in the GOP primary.
Wisconsin: Congressman Robert Kastenmeier easily defeated his first Democratic opponent in 26 years to win renomination for his 14th term.
Wyoming: Republican US Sen. Alan Simpson, who gained national attention as cosponsor of a controversial immigration reform bill, easily won renomination. He is expected to have little trouble defeating the Democratic nominee, college Prof. Victor Ryan.