The U.S. midterm primary election season ended in New Hampshire on Tuesday.

The U.S. midterm primary election season ended in New Hampshire on Tuesday.

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WASHINGTON, Sep 13 (Reuters) – New Hampshire Republicans are choosing between a far-right candidate or a longtime state legislator on Tuesday to face Democratic incumbent Maggie Hassan as the midterm primary season draws to a close.

This is the latest in a series of nominating contests in which Republicans have repeatedly selected candidates associated with former President Donald Trump, leading some in the party to worry it is hurting their chances of gaining control of the U.S. Senate in the Nov. 8 midterms.

The return of either the Senate or the House of Representatives will give Republicans the power to stop Democratic President Joe Biden’s legislative agenda and launch potentially politically dangerous investigations.

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New Hampshire’s leading candidate, retired Army Brigadier General Don Bolduc, echoed Trump’s false allegations of rigged 2020 elections and questioned whether the Federal Bureau of Investigation should be abolished following an August search of Trump’s Florida estate where agents found a cache of classified documents. . He courted Trump, but Trump did not support him.

Bolduc faces State Senate President Chuck Morse, a lower-level figure backed by the White Mountain PAC, a national Republican group that has spent at least $4.6 million on his behalf. Several other candidates did not receive widespread support.

According to Dartmouth College political science professor Linda Fowler, Morse has a better chance of defeating Hassan than Bolduc because he can appeal to independents, who make up the majority of the state’s voters.

“If Bolduc gets the nomination, the independents will go to Hasan,” she said. “If he doesn’t get a nomination, the independents have a serious choice.

Republican Gov. Chris Sununu backed Morse on Thursday, saying he would be the most competitive candidate against Hassan. Sununu called Bolduc a “conspiracy theorist” and Bolduc called Sununu a “Chinese communist sympathizer”.

Sununu’s decision last fall not to take on Hassan himself disappointed national Republicans, who believed that the governor, a member of a prominent New Hampshire political family, would have easily removed Hassan.

This, along with the appointment of political newcomers including former football star Herschel Walker in Georgia and famed Dr. Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania, reduced the Republicans’ chances of gaining control of the Senate. They still have the advantage of winning a majority in the House of Representatives.


Senate Republican Chief Mitch McConnell has rated his party’s chances of winning this House as “50-50” in public appearances, citing concerns about the “quality of candidates” without singling out any specific candidates.

Unbiased analysts say Hassan has an advantage over whoever wins the Republican nomination. But the Senate Leadership Fund, a national group linked to McConnell, said it plans to spend $23 million advertising the attacks to help the Republican candidate.

New Hampshire is one of seven key battlegrounds along with Georgia, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Arizona and Nevada that analysts say will determine control of the 100-seat Senate.

The House is currently split 50-50, with the Democrats holding the majority thanks to a decisive vote by Vice President Kamala Harris.

Along with the Senate contest, Republican voters in New Hampshire will choose candidates who will take on the two incumbent Democrats in the state House of Representatives.

Republicans only need four seats to gain control of the 435-seat House of Representatives, and both New Hampshire seats are likely to be competitive in November.

Two former Trump administration officials, Matt Mowers and Caroline Leavitt, are among Republicans hoping to take on Democratic incumbent Chris Pappas in the district, which covers the eastern half of the state.

In another county, Kean Mayor George Genzel and former Hillsborough County official Bob Burns are among those vying to meet with Democratic Representative Anne McLane Custer.

In Rhode Island, an open-door seat raises the chance that Republicans will be able to gain a foothold in a region where they have struggled to compete. Center Republican Allan Fung is unopposed in his primary, while State Treasurer Seth Storener and former Biden administration official Sarah Morgenthau are among those vying for the Democratic nomination.

Voters will also come to the polls in Delaware, although November’s election for a single seat in the House of Representatives is not expected to be competitive.

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Reporting by Andy Sullivan; Editing by Scott Malone and Cynthia Osterman

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