Ted Cruz takes sides in GOP primary in key Congressional battlefield district
FIRST ON FOX –Senator Ted Cruz of Texas is embarking on an increasingly crowded race for the 2022 Republican nomination in New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District, one of the nation’s main Congressional battlegrounds.
Cruz backs GOP candidate Karoline Leavitt, a 24-year White House veteran of President Trump, in an endorsement shared for the first time with Fox News on Wednesday.
The influential Tory lawmaker accused in a statement that “Washington DC is down. There is a border crisis and Democrats are spending billions of dollars that we don’t have on their Liberal wishlist. It’s about time. that we send a new generation of leaders to Washington DC “
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“This is why I am supporting Karoline Leavitt for Congress,” said Cruz. “Karoline is a fighter who shares our core values, will bring new leadership to DC and help the Conservatives stand up to the swamp. I am proud to support Karoline and I ask my fellow Conservatives in New Hampshire to join me in supporting his campaign for congress. “
Leavitt, who would be the minimum age of 25 to sit in the House of Representatives if she took office in January 2023, said she was “truly honored and thrilled to be supported by one of the most effective for conservative values in Washington – Senator Ted Cruz. “
If elected, Leavitt added that “I look forward to working with Senator Cruz on Capitol Hill to advance legislation that limits the federal government, protects our Second Amendment and preserves our freedoms.” “
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Leavitt, a New Hampshire native who briefly worked for GOP Representative Elise Stefanik of New York after the end of the Trump administration, is one of six Republicans vying for the party nomination in the race for the inmate seat by the two-term Democratic representative. Chris Pappas, whom the Republican National Congressional Committee considers vulnerable. The GOP needs a net gain of just five seats midway through next year to win back a majority in the House.
The GOP field includes Matt Mowers, a former New Hampshire GOP executive director who worked on Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and served in the State Department during the Trump administration. Mowers lost five points to Pappas last November. Longtime television reporter Gail Huff Brown also announced her candidacy on Tuesday. Huff Brown is the wife of former Republican Senator Scott Brown, who served as U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand during the Trump administration.
The GOP primary in New Hampshire’s 1st District, like many GOP confrontations across the country, has so far been a race to the right and a contest to show support and loyalty to the former president.
Cruz, who was first elected to the Senate in 2012, made many friends in New Hampshire four years later during his run for the White House. The endorsement by Sen. de Leavitt, who hopes to become the first Republican woman to represent the Granite State in the House, comes as political experts view Trump’s finalist in the 2016 Republican presidential nomination race as a potential hope for the White House in 2024.
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Cruz sparked speculation in August by traveling to Iowa – the state whose caucuses for half a century have kicked off the presidential nominations calendar, to feature a fundraiser for Representative Ashley’s first term. Hinson, a rising GOP star who narrowly beat an incumbent Democrat last November and could face a tough re-election next year.
The senator also headlined a fundraiser for Republican Congressional candidate Nicole Hasso, who is running to challenge Democratic Representative Cindy Axne in Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District. The two-term lawmaker and only Democrat in the Iowa congressional delegation is heavily targeted by the GOP midway through next year.
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While he has yet to make a trip this year to New Hampshire, which has hosted the first presidential primary in the White House race for a century, Cruz’s approval of Leavitt will raise eyebrows.