New Hampshire primary sets up fight for Senate majority

The other big statewide contest is in Rhode Island, where Democratic incumbent Governor Dan McKee is locked in a battle for political survival against a packed field of primary hopefuls. McKee took office in early 2021, after then-governor. Gina Raimondo resigned to become United States Secretary of Commerce. The incumbent risks being the only governor to lose in a primary this year.

After Tuesday’s primary, there will be no more elections until the general election, and Louisiana’s rare “jungle primary” contests, on Nov. 8. Here is the latest from Tuesday’s election:

The latest of New Hampshire’s ‘candidate quality’ battles

Bolduc, who has embraced the lie that the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump and other conspiracy theories, exemplifies broader concerns Republicans have about whether their Senate candidates can win this fall.

Republicans had high hopes for the race against Hassan, before seeing popular Republican Gov. Chris Sununu opt to run for re-election rather than challenge Hassan.

Since then, the GOP establishment has made a belated effort to endorse Morse, including a belated endorsement from Sununu and a last-minute TV ad from the White Mountain PAC, a “pop-up” super PAC that won’t have to reveal its identity. donors until after the election.

The Senate Majority PAC, the main Senate-focused Democratic outside group, released ads days after the White Mountain PAC attacked Morse as a pawn of the “Mitch McConnell establishment.” Sununu has indicated that he would back Bolduc in November if the former general wins on Tuesday, even after both have highly valued picks.

Former President Donald Trump stayed out of the race, even after praising Bolduc in a radio interview earlier this month Y meeting with Morse recently.

McKee seeks to avoid history

No incumbent governor has lost in a primary this year, and McKee hopes to continue that trend in Rhode Island on Tuesday.

McKee took office in early 2021, after term-limited Raimondo left for Washington to join President Joe Biden’s cabinet. His departure gave McKee a jump start in what was expected to be a competitive Democratic primary to succeed her.

He has faced a competitive and fractured field that includes Nellie Gorbea, the state’s top election official vying to become the first Puerto Rican governor chosen on the mainland; Helena Foulkes, former CVS executive and granddaughter of former Sen. Thomas Dodd; and former Rhode Island Secretary of State Matt Brown, a progressive who unsuccessfully challenged Raimondo in 2018.

Whoever wins on Tuesday will likely face Republican Ashley Kalus, a businesswoman and former staffer of Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, in the general election. The Democratic candidate will be the overwhelming favorite in November.

House’s last races

Tuesday’s primary will also set the House battleground, lining up Republican nominees after competitive primaries in New Hampshire’s two Democratic-controlled House districts.

In District 1, two major candidates lead the pack facing Democratic Rep. Chris Pappas: Matt Mowers and Karoline Leavitt, both of whom served in the Trump administration. The election there has divided people in and around Trump’s orbit, but the former president stayed out of the race.

Biden carried the district by about 6 points in 2020, and Pappas also defeated Mowers by a slightly smaller margin that year.

In District 2, the primaries to face Democratic Rep. Annie Kuster have diverged. The favorite is Bob Burns, a longtime activist who has been closely linked to Trump, who is running against the more moderate Keene mayor, George Hansel. Democrats have sought to boost Burns in the district, believing he is easier to beat, while an emerging super PAC has come on board to back Hansel.

The last potentially important race is the open-seat Democratic primary in Rhode Island’s 2nd district to replace retiring Democratic Rep. Jim Langevin. There, State Treasurer Seth Magaziner won handily in a crowded field.

He will take on Allan Fung, the former mayor of Cranston who lost the 2018 and 2014 gubernatorial elections to Raimondo. republicans have promoted Fung’s candidacybut it hasn’t yet attracted the big outside ad campaigns that signal a truly hyper-competitive race.

Leave a Comment