New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Delaware

The final primaries of the 2022 election cycle took place on Tuesday, when voters from New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Delaware went to the polls.

President Joe Biden flew to Delaware Tuesday afternoon to vote, according to the group’s report. There is only one contested career in Delaware: state auditor. Incumbent Kathleen K. McGuiness is facing top challenger Lydia York for the Democratic nomination. McGuiness in July was convicted of three misdemeanor counts of public corruption related to the hiring of her daughter. A judge later threw out one conviction.

But all eyes were on New Hampshire, where Republicans are running to take on incumbent Democratic Senator Maggie Hassan. The Republican primary centers on two candidates: New Hampshire Senate President Chuck Morse and veteran Don Bolduc.

The Democrats see Bolduc as the preferred candidate over Hassan, due to his most extreme poses about the 2020 elections, he calls “get rid offrom the FBI and frequent criticism of popular moderate Republican Gov. Chris Sununu. Sununu has endorsed Morse and called Bolduc a “conspiracy theorist.”

Sununu had announced earlier this year that he would not enter the Senate race.

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Senator Maggie Hassan, Don Bolduc and Chuck Morse

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Bolduc has been the favorite in the race and was leading by more than 20 points in a University of New Hampshire poll released in late August. Former President Trump did not endorse either candidate.

The Democratic Senate Majority PAC has spent millions broadcasting an ad critical of Morse, calling him “another sleazy politician” and saying Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s “Washington establishment” is going “all in” for Morse.

On the opposite side, a group that has ties to McConnell, the White Mountain PAC, has spent millions on ads to take down Bolduc, according to the New Hampshire Union-Leader. The GOP’s Senate Leadership Fund is also active in this race, but it’s focused on the November general election. The group has committed $23 million to ads against Hassan, with its first broadcast on the day of the primary.

Hassan, a former governor, was first elected in 2016, replacing Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte’s seat, one of only two Democratic changes in that cycle. Hillary Clinton carried the state in 2016 by just over a point, and while Trump aggressively targeted her in 2020, the state went with Biden by 7 points in 2020.

In New Hampshire’s 1st congressional district, CBS News projects that Karoline Leavitt has won the Republican nomination to take on incumbent Democratic Rep. Chris Pappas. Leavitt, a 25-year-old former Trump aide, had clashed with Matt Mowers, who was backed by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and Gail Huff Brown, the wife of former moderate Republican Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts, and several others who were on the ballot

In Rhode Island’s 2nd District, CBS News projects that Seth Magaziner won the Democratic nomination. He will face Republican Allan Fung, the former mayor of Cranston, Rhode Island, a candidate Republicans believe will make the race competitive. Incumbent Democratic Rep. Jim Langevin is retiring.

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