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Trump still neutral, but Gov. Sununu endorses in New Hampshire GOP Senate primary

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With five days to go until the primary election in New Hampshire’s key battleground state, former President Donald Trump remains neutral in the final competitive and high-profile GOP Senate nomination race of the cycle.

But on Thursday, Republican Gov. Chris Sununu entered the primary and endorsed one of the front-runners in the showdown, New Hampshire Senate Speaker Chuck Morse.

“Republicans here in New Hampshire have a very big decision to make and they have to get it right. I will nominate the next Senator for New Hampshire. And for this great state. , we have to beat Maggie, who is Hassan in November, and the frontrunner for that is Chuck Morse,” Sununu said, standing next to Morse during a press conference at the governor’s mansion in the state capital of New Hampshire. said.

Morse is one of the frontrunners in a crowded field, but two recent polls trail retired Army General Don Bolduc by double digits. The other leading contender in the multi-contender field – cryptocurrency entrepreneur Bruce Fenton. Businessman, economist and author Vikram Mansharamani. And former Londonderry, New Hampshire, town manager Kevin Smith said he was listed in the single digits in the survey, with the majority of respondents still undecided.

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New Hampshire Republican Governor Chris Snunu supports Senate Speaker Chuck Morse in the state’s Sept. 13 GOP U.S. Senate primary at an event in Concord, New Hampshire, Sept. 8, 2022. increase.
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The winner of the Sept. 13 primary, one of the few races in the nation that could decide whether the Republican Party wins, is the former governor and Democratic first-term Senate in November in a key battleground state in the general election. Face off against Congressman Maggie Hassan. Supports the Senate Majority. The Republican Party sees Hassan’s poll numbers as lackluster, making him highly vulnerable, and has heavily targeted him.

“Chuck Morse has been there every step of the way in his record of success here in New Hampshire,” says Sununu, who is hugely popular among Granite Republicans, and who has served in most of the state senators. told about the owner of For the last 10 years. “I couldn’t be more proud to endorse the partners I have on the Capitol.”

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Morse thanked Sununu for his support, saying, “Everything the governor and I have accomplished in New Hampshire since we came to New Hampshire in 2016 has definitely advanced what this state stands for.” emphasized.

Trump, who remains the Republican Party’s most popular and influential politician, continues to play the role of king in party politics, and repeatedly teases the 2024 presidential election, was one of the front-runners in two polls last week. Said he was seriously considering endorsing the race.

Former President Donald Trump addresses supporters at a rally in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, Sept. 3, 2022.

Former President Donald Trump addresses supporters at a rally in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, Sept. 3, 2022.
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“I’m watching that election very closely,” Trump said on John Fredericks’ radio show, a conservative radio host popular with conservatives across the country.

Trump — A year ago, a retired general yelled at Bolduc after he was so critical of President Biden’s withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan in a “Fox and Friends” interview — in an interview last week, Boldac “Strong guy, tough guy, said great things. I think he’s doing very well too. I hear he’s doing well, he’s doing pretty well.

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Boldak, who has served 10 times in the war in Afghanistan, is running for the Republican Senate nomination for the second time in a row in New Hampshire. I failed because of that. After distanced himself from Trump in the first Senate election, Bolduc has strongly embraced the former president’s unproven allegations that the 2020 election was “rigged” and “stolen.” Bolduc was among a group of retired generals who signed a letter questioning the legitimacy of the election.

New Hampshire Republican Senate candidate Retired General Don Bolduc gives an interview to Fox News in Stratham, New Hampshire, September 2, 2022.

New Hampshire Republican Senate candidate Retired General Don Bolduc gives an interview to Fox News in Stratham, New Hampshire, September 2, 2022.
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Bolduc gave New Hampshire conservatives a lot of red meat, but some Republicans in the state and nationally said Hassan was re-elected after a primary win by a retired general struggling to raise money. It is feared that it will be possible to win

Last week, a newly formed super PAC named White Mountain PAC, loosely linked to the political trajectory of longtime Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, launched a television commercial in New Hampshire. He needs a massive $4 million booking for airtime before the primary. His second ad for the group, launched earlier this week, targeted Bolduc.

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Trump has remained neutral in the primary, but former Trump White House chief strategist and former media executive Steve Bannon has heavily promoted Bolduc on his radio show. But Corey Lewandowski, a longtime New Hampshire resident and veteran Trump political adviser who managed Trump’s 2016 presidential primary, has lashed out at Bolduc.

At an event on Thursday, Sununu told Fox News that when Trump called him last week, “I urged him to run for the race. Chuck Morse is more than just a great candidate. .”

Sununu also points to a massive 7-figure ad buy targeting Morse by the Senate Majority PAC (the top super PAC backing Senate Democrats who are aligned with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer) and praised Morse.

“We need people with a record of success. Chuck Morse is the candidate to beat Senator Hassan this November, and the candidate Senator Hassan fears the most to face,” Sununu said. claimed. He spent $3 million…because they’re so scared of this guy here in New Hampshire. They know Senator Morse is the best-fit candidate to certainly beat Senator Hassan this November. “

It is not surprising that Sununu endorsed Morse, Morse represented Salem in the State Senate, and the town where Sununu grew up as a child endorsed Bolduc.

Last month, Sununu criticized Boldak.

“He’s not a serious candidate. “He’s kind of a conspiracy theorist-type candidate.”

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Boldak last year claimed that Sununu was a “Chinese Communist Party sympathizer” and that the Sununu family business “supports terrorism.” Boldak has retracted those attacks on the popular governor but continues to criticize Sununu’s policies during the coronavirus pandemic as “administrative excesses.”

When asked if he wondered if Boldak could beat Hassan in November, Sununu told FOX News: I have a coattail.

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