Don Bolduc, a Trump-styled candidate who has echoed the former president’s claims the 2020 election was stolen, has won Tuesday’s Senate Republican primary in New Hampshire.

Bolduc defeated his more moderate opponent, New Hampshire state Senate President Chuck Morse.

He declared victory Wednesday morning, following Morse’s concession.

The retired brigadier general’s win was an outcome establishment Republicans tried to avoid, believing Bolduc’s electability in November could cost them their chances of reclaiming the Senate majority. The Senate is 50-50, but Democrats control it by virtue of Vice President Kamala Harris’ authority to break ties.

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National Republicans started to pour money into the Granite State in the few weeks leading up to Tuesday night’s primary in an attempt to elevate Morse, whom they thought was better positioned to unseat incumbent Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan in November.

New Hampshire Republican U.S. Senate candidate Don Bolduc smiles during a primary night campaign gathering, Tuesday Sept. 13, 2022, in Hampton, N.H. (AP Photo/Reba Saldanha)
White Mountain PAC, a GOP-aligned PAC, spent $4.6 million in New Hampshire to broadcast ads both supporting Morse and criticizing Bolduc. The ads described Morse as “one tough conservative” who would finish construction of the wall on the southern border.

Another ad attacked Bolduc and pointed out Bolduc’s electability, saying his “crazy ideas won’t help us defeat (Democratic incumbent Sen.) Maggie Hassan.”

Democrats got involved in the mix as well to boost Bolduc’s chances. Senate Majority PAC, which has ties to Senate Democratic leadership, spent $3.2 million on ads that called Morse “another sleazy politician,” reported Politico.

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Besides claiming the election was stolen, Bolduc has supported repealing the 17th Amendment, which allows for Senators to be elected by popular vote. He’s also suggested the FBI should be abolished in the wake of the Justice Department’s search of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.

Bolduc will face incumbent Hassan on the ballot in November. The nonpartisan Cook Political Report rates the race as “lean Democratic.”

Hassan clinched her party’s nomination against only token opposition, while Gov. Chris Sununu won the Republican Party’s nomination for another term. He’s heavily favored against Democrat Tom Sherman, who was unopposed for his party’s governor’s nomination.

Sherman, a state senator and physician, was quick to remind voters that Sununu signed a late-term abortion ban into law last year. “As governor I will stand up for our freedoms and protect a woman’s right to choose, not cave to extremists like Chris Sununu,” he said.

Sununu countered in a statement that the “stakes are too high this November to change direction now.”Credit: usatoday.com

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