New Hampshire Senate race could be key GOP pickup

Nov 8, 2022, 5:17 AM | Updated: 5:51 am
New Hampshire Republican U.S. Senate candidate Don Bolduc speaks during a debate, Wednesday, Sept. ...

New Hampshire Republican U.S. Senate candidate Don Bolduc speaks during a debate, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022, in Henniker, N.H. Bolduc is challenging Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., in the general election. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm, File)

(AP Photo/Mary Schwalm, File)

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan faces Republican Don Bolduc Tuesday in a closely watched race that could decide the balance of power in the U.S. Senate.

Flipping the seat would be a key pickup for Republicans hoping to win control of the Senate. But though Hassan has been considered vulnerable since her narrow 2016 win, her odds improved after popular Gov. Chris Sununu took a pass at challenging her, and Republicans nominated Bolduc, a retired Army brigadier general who has espoused conspiracy theories about vaccines and the 2020 presidential election.

Bolduc, an Army veteran who has previously run for but not won elected office, is hoping to both harness voters’ dissatisfaction over the economy and draw upon the connections he’s forged from the nearly constant grassroots campaigning he’s done since he unsuccessfully sought the nomination for the state’s other senate seat two years ago. Everywhere he goes, Bolduc says, he hears three main complaints: inflation, inflation, inflation.

“That problem has been created by the failed policies of Joe Biden,” he said during a recent debate. “My opponent has voted with him 100% of the time. I intend on going down to Washington, D.C. and reversing those policies and bringing back our livelihoods and the future for our children.”

Hassan, meanwhile, has highlighted her work on the bipartisan infrastructure law Biden signed last year and the $280 billion package aimed at creating more high-tech jobs by boosting the semiconductor industry and scientific research. And she cast Bolduc as an extremist, pouncing on his past statements on abortion, Social Security and the 2020 presidential election.

Bolduc initially promoted Donald Trump’s lies about the 2020 election but after winning the Republican primary said it wasn’t stolen and then, more recently, said that he wasn’t sure. Trump endorsed him last week, calling him a “strong and proud ‘Election Denier’.”

Nearly two years after Trump’s defeat, there has been no evidence of widespread fraud. Numerous reviews in the battleground states where Trump disputed his loss have affirmed the results, courts have rejected dozens of lawsuits filed by Trump and his allies, and even Trump’s own Department of Justice concluded the results were accurate.

On abortion, Bolduc has gone from saying: “I’m not going to vote contrary to pro-life” to saying he would vote against a national abortion ban.

“He has said on the record that he would never vote in Washington against anti-choice legislation,” Hassan said during a debate. “(Sen.) Mitch McConnell has been pursuing a national abortion ban for decades. And Don Buldoc’s record makes clear he would be a ‘Yes’ vote for a national abortion ban.”

Hassan defeated Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte in 2016 to become the second woman in American history to be elected both governor and U.S. senator, following fellow New Hampshire Democrat Jeanne Shaheen.

Bolduc spent 33 years in the U.S. Army, leading units in Afghanistan and commanding special forces in Africa. He lost the 2020 GOP primary to Corky Messner, who was then defeated by Shaheen. But Bolduc defeated 10 opponents in this year’s primary, including state Senate President Chuck Morse, a mainstream Republican endorsed by Sununu.

Sununu — who Bolduc dubbed a “Chinese communist sympathizer” — dismissed Bolduc as a conspiracy theorist before the primary. But Sununu later said he would back the entire Republican ticket in the general election and that he wouldn’t withhold his support over one issue.

___

Follow AP’s coverage of the elections at: https://apnews.com/hub/2022-midterm-elections

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


              FILE — Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., bumps elbows with Roger Cloitre, left, while touring his family-owned electric products manufacturing company on a campaign stop, Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022, in Rochester, N.H. Sen. Hassan is facing Republican Don Bolduc in the November election. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
            
              FILE - Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., talks with workers while touring a family-owned electric products manufacturing company on a campaign stop, Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022, in Rochester, N.H. Sen. Hassan is facing Republican Don Bolduc in the general election. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
            
              New Hampshire Republican U.S. Senate candidate Don Bolduc speaks during a debate, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022, in Henniker, N.H. Bolduc is challenging Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., in the general election. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm, File)
            
              New Hampshire Republican U.S. Senate candidate Don Bolduc, shakes hands with campaign volunteers after voting, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022, in Stratham, N.H. Bolduc faces incumbent Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., in the general election. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
            Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., hugs a supporter following a canvass kickoff event, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022, in Exeter, N.H. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm) Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., smiles as she talks with Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., following a canvass kickoff event, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022, in Exeter, N.H. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm) New Hampshire Republican U.S. Senate candidate Don Bolduc gives the thumbs after alongside supporter Steve Negron during a campaign gathering, Saturday Nov. 5, 2022, in Nashua, N.H. Bolduc is facing incumbent Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-NH, in the general election.(AP Photo/Reba Saldanha) John Menyhard of New Hampshire poses for a photo with New Hampshire Republican U.S. Senate candidate Don Bolduc Saturday Nov. 5, 2022, in Nashua, N.H. Bolduc is facing incumbent Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-NH, in the general election.(AP Photo/Reba Saldanha)

AP

Maria Chagwena, a millet farmer, holds a plate with millet grains outside her house in Zimbabwe's a...
Associated Press

UN eyes revival of millets as global grain uncertainty grows

RUSHINGA, Zimbabwe (AP) — While others in her Zimbabwean village agonize over a maize crop seemingly headed for failure, Jestina Nyamukunguvengu picks up a hoe and slices through the soil of her fields that are lush green with a pearl millet crop in the African country’s arid Rushinga district. “These crops don’t get affected by […]
22 hours ago
This shows a Chinese Dahua brand security camera in Sydney, Australia, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2023. Aust...
Associated Press

Australian Defense Department to remove Chinese-made cameras

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s Defense Department will remove surveillance cameras made by Chinese Communist Party-linked companies from its buildings, the government said Thursday after the U.S. and Britain made similar moves. The Australian newspaper reported Thursday that at least 913 cameras, intercoms, electronic entry systems and video recorders developed and manufactured by Chinese companies […]
22 hours ago
FILE - A sign at Twitter headquarters is shown in San Francisco, Dec. 8, 2022. Many Twitter users f...
Associated Press

Twitter scrambles to fix meltdown as many unable to tweet

Many Twitter users found themselves unable to tweet, follow accounts or access their direct messages on Wednesday as the Elon Musk-owned platform experienced a slew of widespread technical problems. “Twitter may not be working as expected for some of you. Sorry for the trouble. We’re aware and working to get this fixed,” the company tweeted […]
22 hours ago
President Joe Biden speaks about his economic agenda at LIUNA Training Center, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2...
Associated Press

Biden warns of GOP plans for Medicare, Social Security cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Joe Biden suggested that Republicans want to slash Medicare and Social Security, the GOP howls of protest during his State of the Union address showcased a striking apparent turnaround for the party that built a brand for years trying to do just that. Biden is not about to let Republicans […]
22 hours ago
Associated Press

Court upholds Wash. residency requirement for pot industry

SEATTLE (AP) — A U.S. judge has upheld Washington’s residency requirement for involvement in the state’s legal cannabis industry — a decision at odds with a federal appeals court ruling concerning a similar requirement in Maine. A man who co-owns a chain of Washington cannabis stores called Zips, Scott Atkinson, wanted to transfer part of […]
22 hours ago
The Florida Capitol rotunda is abuzz with people during the Special Session Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2023...
Associated Press

Florida GOP advances Disney district, migrant flight bills

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida lawmakers advanced proposals on Wednesday to strip Disney of its self-governing status, expand a controversial migrant transportation program and strengthen prosecutions tied to the state’s election police unit. The bills, part of a hastily called special legislative session in the GOP-controlled statehouse, are key priorities of Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis […]
22 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...
Quantum Fiber

How high-speed fiber internet edges out cable for everyday use

In a world where technology drives so much of our daily lives, a lack of high-speed internet can be a major issue.
...
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Prep the plumbing in your home just in time for the holidays

With the holidays approaching, it's important to know when your home is in need of heating and plumbing updates before more guests start to come around.
(Desert Institute for Spine Care photo)...
DESERT INSTITUTE FOR SPINE CARE

Why DISC is world renowned for back and neck pain treatments

Fifty percent of Americans and 90% of people at least 50 years old have some level of degenerative disc disease.
New Hampshire Senate race could be key GOP pickup