New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District Republican primary is drawing national approvals from key players, raising the stakes in what is shaping up to be a competitive race to topple the Democratic representative. Chris PappasChristopher (Chris) Charles PappasBiden, senior officials have stepped up to promote the infrastructure package..
Six Republican candidates applied in the district. The GOP primary character cast includes Gail Huff Brown, broadcast reporter and wife of former Ambassador and Senator Scott Brown (R-Mass.); former Trump State Department official Matt Mowers; and former Trump spokeswoman Karoline Leavitt.
New Hampshire State Representative Tim Baxter, Marine Corps veteran Julian Acciard and sales associate Gilead Towne are also running for the seat.
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“This is one of the only New England congressional districts where Republicans have a really good chance,” said Jim Merrill, veteran New Hampshire GOP strategist. “It’s a very competitive seat. Republicans only need to pick up a handful to take control of the House in 2022, so this represents one of the best pickup opportunities in America. ”
Although polls in the race were sparse, an internal poll conducted on Mowers’ behalf by Republican firm Cygnal found Mowers to be in the lead with 34% support, while Huff Brown and Leavitt lagged behind at 7. and 6%, respectively. Baxter and Acciard each garnered 1% support in the poll.
Mowers, Leavitt, and Huff Brown have all had impressive fundraisers so far. Mowers raised over $ 450,000 in the first month of his campaign, while Leavitt raised $ 333,000 in the 10 weeks between announcing his candidacy and the end of the third quarter. Huff Brown said his campaign raised $ 220,000 within a month of being nominated.
Mowers had already run for the seat in the last cycle, winning the five-person GOP primary with nearly 60 percent of the vote. He lost to Pappas in the general election by 5 points.
“Matt Mowers has the money and has been working on it longer than anyone,” said Juliana Bergeron, longtime Republican activist and member of the New Hampshire Republican National Committee.
Like Mowers, Huff Brown is also a familiar face in the District and much of New England. She worked as a broadcast reporter at several stations in the area, including WCVB-TV in Boston and NH1 News in Concord. She is also known in Republican circles for her husband’s roles as senator from Massachusetts and candidate for the New Hampshire Senate. Scott Brown was recently Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa during the Trump administration.
“Everyone knows her,” said Bergeron. “But I would say at this point everyone knows Matt Mowers as well.”
Meanwhile, 23-year-old New Hampshire native Leavitt is taking to the state, working to create her own identity name. Last month, Rep. Madison Cawthorn (RN.C.) headlined an event with Leavitt in Manchester. She has also toured the conservative national media, including Fox News and One America News.
It’s possible, as is always the case with overcrowded primaries, for the contest to become so controversial that the eventual candidate is weakened as the general election approaches.
Many New Hampshire Republicans dismissed the idea, saying it was too early to say what the primary would look like.
There is also the question of some sort of potential “ghost primary” in the state by 2024. Republicans argue that while political observers in Washington are watching the race through the prism of national backers, activists and the local supports on the ground are what will really play a part in the race.
“Approvals may carry less weight in New Hampshire than in most other states because we are a small state and people want to know what their candidates stand for,” said Chris Ager, member of the New Republican National Committee. Hampshire. “They don’t necessarily take someone else’s word for it.”
However, with New Hampshire home to a number of closely watched Senate and House races this year, national figures with their eyes set on 2024 are expected to enter the state’s political scene.
“You are already seeing a number of potential presidential candidates coming to New Hampshire, and I think you’re going to see a huge number of those potential candidates campaigning for various primary candidates,” Merrill said.
There is also the question of whether Trump will support the primary.
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“What happened in Virginia with the governorship race, this man walked away from Trump,” Bergeron said, referring to the Virginia governor-elect. Glenn youngkinGlenn Youngkin ‘Trump in heels’ Amanda Chase launches bid for Spanberger seat House Democrats focus on people of color with voter turnout Americans keep spending MORE (R). “I think it would probably fly better here.”
Either way, Pappas, who has been in Congress since 2019, will face an uphill battle in the district.
The New Hampshire House Redistribution Committee on Tuesday approved the GOP’s congressional district plan. The plan would move more GOP-oriented communities to the 1st arrondissement, while adding more Democratic-oriented communities to the 2nd arrondissement. Legislation is now heading for H state soiluse, which will resume in January.