Bolduc has a slim lead as the New Hampshire primary sets up a Senate majority fight

Another big statewide contest is in Rhode Island, where incumbent Democratic Gov. Dan McGee won a battle for political survival against a crowded field of primary challengers. McGee takes office in early 2021. Gina Raimondo resigns as US Commerce Secretary His and New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu’s victories Tuesday evening ensured that no incumbent governor lost a primary in 2022.

After Tuesday’s primaries, there will be no more elections until the general election — and Louisiana’s unusual “jungle primary” — on Nov. 8. Latest polls from tuesday polls

The last ‘candidate grade’ battles in New Hampshire

Embracing the lie that the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump and other conspiracy theories, Bolduc highlighted broader concerns among Republicans about whether their Senate nominees could win this fall.

Republicans had high hopes for a race against Hasan, before seeing Sununu, a popular Republican incumbent, running for re-election instead of challenging Hasan.

Since then, the GOP establishment has pushed Morse late — including Sununu’s belated endorsement and a last-minute TV ad blitz by White Mountain PAC, a “pop-up” super PAC. Donors until the end of the election.

Senate Majority PAC, the main Democratic outside group focused on the Senate, launched the ads days after the White Mountain PAC attacked Morse as a pawn of the “Mitch McConnell establishment.” Despite the former general’s victory on Tuesday, Sununu has indicated he will back Bolduk in November The two have traded barbs very publicly.

Former President Donald Trump dropped out of the race after praising Bolduc Radio interview earlier this month And A recent meeting with Morse.

McGee avoids history

No incumbent governor has lost a primary this year, including McGee That set the trend Rolls into Rhode Island on Tuesday.

McGee takes office in early 2021, after a limited term for Raimondo to Washington to join President Joe Biden’s cabinet. His departure gave McGee a victory, expected to be the Democratic primary to succeed him.

Former CVS executive and ex-Sen. He faced a competitive and fractured field that included Helena Foulkes, granddaughter of Thomas Todd; State Chief Electoral Officer Nellie Gorbia is contesting First Puerto Rican governor Chosen on the mainland; And former Rhode Island Secretary of State Matt Brown, a progressive who won’t challenge Raimondo in 2018. Foulkes finished second behind McGee.

McGee faces Republican Ashley Kallus, a businessman and one-time staffer for Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, in the general election. He is the favorite to win his home term outright in November.

Last house races

Tuesday’s primaries will also set the battleground for the House, lining up the GOP candidates after competitive primaries in New Hampshire’s two Democratic-held House districts.

In the 1st District, two major candidates are leading to take on Democrat Rep. Chris Pappas: Matt Mowers and Carolyn Leavitt, both of whom served in the Trump administration. The election there has divided people in and around Trump’s orbit, but the former president stayed out of the race.

Biden carried the district by roughly 6 points in 2020, and Pappas beat Mowers by a slightly smaller margin that year as well.

In the 2nd District, the primary facing Democrat Rep. Annie Kuster is different. The front-runner is Bob Burns, a longtime activist who is closely aligned with Trump, who is facing off against more moderate Keene Mayor George Hansel. Democrats tried to fuel the district’s burnout, hoping he would be easy to win, while a pop-up super PAC went to support Hansel.

The last possible at-large race is the open-seat Democratic primary in Rhode Island’s 2nd District to replace retiring Democratic Rep. Jim Langevin. There, State Treasurer Seth won easily in a stadium full of journalists.

He will face former Cranston Mayor Alan Fung, who lost to Raimondo in the 2018 and 2014 gubernatorial elections. Republicans Funk’s candidacy has been advertisedBut it still doesn’t attract big outdoor advertising campaigns, which means a truly highly competitive race.

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