Polls Have Closed In New Hampshire
All the action in the Granite State is on the Republican side of the aisle this evening, as GOP primary voters will decide their nominees in three competitive congressional contests. First, in New Hampshire’s Senate race, Republicans look likely to pick either retired Army Brig. Gen. Don Bolduc or state Senate President Chuck Morse to take on Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan in November.
Bolduc has led in the polls, but Republican leaders view him as a controversial candidate who could cost them a chance of defeating Hassan in purple New Hampshire. Morse has received millions in outside support from national Republicans fretting about Bolduc, and also earned a last-minute endorsement from Republican Gov. Chris Sununu, who has called Bolduc a “conspiracy-theory type” candidate.
Meanwhile, the Republican primary in the 1st District looks to mainly be a race between former Trump White House adviser Matt Mowers and former White House press aide Karoline Leavitt. Both candidates are Trump supporters and touch on leading conservative concerns, but Mowers has been more inclined to run on issues like inflation and wasteful spending, while Leavitt has embraced more provocative conservative stances. The Mowers-Leavitt race has also split House Republican leadership, with Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Minority Whip Steve Scalise backing Mowers and GOP Conference Chair Elise Stefanik supporting Leavitt, her former press secretary. The winner will face Democratic Rep. Chris Pappas for this R+1 seat.
Finally, next door, in the 2nd District, Republicans are choosing between Keene Mayor George Hansel or former Hillsborough County Treasurer Robert Burns. Hansel has outraised Burns, but his “pro-choice” stance on abortion and other more moderate positions might trip him up against the more unabashedly conservative Burns. The winner will head into the general as an underdog against Democratic Rep. Annie Kuster for this D+2 seat.