2022 New Hampshire and Rhode Island Election Results

The 2022 primary season is set to end with a bang, as voters in New Hampshire and Rhode Island decide on a series of hard-fought races that could play a major role in controlling the House and Senate next year.

For more than six months, voters across the country have been setting the stakes for November’s general election – a series of contests that will decide control at nearly every level of government under the presidency. Democrats are defending narrow majorities on Capitol Hill and hard-won executive seats across the country, while Republicans are trying to regain control of Congress and put an end to President Joe Biden’s agenda. The GOP is also well positioned to elect a 2020 slate of election deniers to key positions in the states and potentially in the House and Senate.

On Tuesday, Granite State Republicans hope to overthrow key Senate and House seats held by Democrats, but – as has been a theme throughout the year – could see those ambitions fade if the candidates that the party sees as more viable in a general election are not the choices of primary voters more closely aligned with the policies of former President Donald Trump.

The past few months have been difficult for Republicans seeking control of the Senate in January. And Tuesday’s primary could be the final blow.

Many Republicans fear Don Bolduc, a retired Army brigadier general who unsuccessfully ran for the Senate in 2020, will win Tuesday’s Republican Senate primary, sparking a rampant outburst of outward spending by Republicans seeking to boost Chuck Morse, the chairman of the state Senate and establishment favorite.

Bolduc has shown little fundraising ability — he had raised less than $600,000 as of Aug. 24, compared to Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan’s $31.4 million — and has a propensity for speaking provocatively, even about agents Republicans who know him well describe him as a “loose cannon.”

“He is not a serious candidate. He really isn’t,” popular Republican Gov. Chris Sununu told WGIR in August. “If he were the candidate, I have no doubt that we would have a much harder time trying to win that seat. So, I don’t take him seriously as a candidate. I don’t think most people do.

To help Morse, Sununu endorsed Morse days before the primary and recently spoke with Trump, urging him to get in the running. Trump has yet to endorse, but some state Republicans feared he would back Bolduc.

An August Granite State poll conducted by the University of New Hampshire found Bolduc ahead of Morse by 21 percentage points among likely GOP voters.

In New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District Republican primary, voters will decide whether emulating Trump’s style is more effective than following his politics.

Republicans Matt Mowers and Karoline Leavitt are the primary favorites. Both worked for Trump — Mowers in his 2016 campaign and at the State Department, and Leavitt in the White House press shop — and both are fully in tune with the former president’s agenda.

But where Mowers is more cautious and measured, Leavitt largely emulated the abrasiveness and aggressiveness that defined Trump’s political style.

While Mowers said in a recent debate that he had “confidence in the New Hampshire election,” Leavitt pushed Trump’s election lies, saying “the 2020 election was undoubtedly stolen from President Trump. “. And when debate moderators asked if they would vote to impeach Biden, Mowers called for hearings on the issue, where Leavitt said an unequivocal yes.

A late August poll found Mowers at 26% and Leavitt at 24%, within the survey’s margin of error. A significant 26% of likely Republican primary voters were undecided in the race. However, the differences could matter. The duo are in the running to take on Democrat Chris Pappas, one of the nation’s most vulnerable House Democrats.

Read more about tonight’s primaries here.

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