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Karoline Leavitt, a former staffer in President Donald Trump’s administration, won the Republican nomination for a fresh Hampshire congressional seat Tuesday night. Photo thanks to Karoline Leavitt/Twitter
Sept. 13 (UPI) — Karoline Leavitt, a former staffer in President Donald Trump‘s administration, beat an ex-Trump adviser to win the Republican nomination for a residence seat in New Hampshire on Tuesday night because the country held its final round of primary elections.
New Hampshire held a trio of congressional races like the battle between former Trump staffers Matt Mowers and Leavitt, that your 25-year-old won with 34.6% of the vote over Mowers 25.3%, in accordance with NBC News and The Washington Post.
Meanwhile, Rhode Island voted on candidates for governor and the home of Representatives.
Delaware’s House primary, also scheduled for Tuesday, was canceled and incumbent Democratic Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester will face Republican Lee Murphy in a repeat of the 2020 House race.
Leavitt, a former White House press aide to Trump, beat Mowers, a former White House adviser to the former president, to challenge Democratic Rep. Chris Pappas for New Hampshire’s 1st House District in November.
Neither candidate received an endorsement from Trump plus they each took different approaches within their efforts to align their campaigns with the former president.
Mowers’ campaign adopted the Trump election slogan of “Drain the Swamp” and featured a full page on “Election Integrity,” although he’s got said President Joe Biden received probably the most votes in the 2020 presidential election despite calling for audits.
Leavitt, however, has said she believes the 2020 presidential election “was undoubtedly stolen from President Trump” and needed Biden to be impeached, citing border security.
“Our homegrown, grassroots, America First campaign prevailed. We won tonight,” Leavitt said in her victory speech. “Several year ago, I acquired into this race without name recognition, no money but a passion and a drive to fight for my home state of New Hampshire contrary to the socialist Democrats that are destroying our country.”
Meanwhile, Mowers conceded defeat in a brief statement, saying that regardless of the loss he’ll continue steadily to fight for middle-class families.
“I acquired into this race to provide a voice to those Granite Staters who felt left out by the political class in Washington also to restore American strength and leadership all over the world. Unfortunately, tonight’s results didn’t go our way,” he said.
In the next District, Robert Burns was leading in the Republican race early Wednesday with 32.6% of the vote over George Hansel, with 30.8%, to challenge Democratic Rep. Annie Kuster in November.
Both candidates took opposing stances on abortion, a hot-button issue following the Supreme Court‘s decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade, with Hansel, the mayor of the town of Keene, leaning and only allowing legal abortion, and Burns, the former treasurer of Hillsborough County, opposing it.
Voters also cast ballots in a Senate race to see who’ll undertake incumbent Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan.
Retired Army Brig. Gen. Don Bolduc, who in addition has aligned with Trump’s false claims concerning the stolen election, was leading with 37% of the vote over state Senate President Chuck Morse who held 36%.
Republican Gov. Chris Sununu, who sought re-election despite polling favoring him to win the Senate race, called Bolduc a “conspiracy-theory type” and endorsed Morse.
The gubernatorial race may be the main attraction in Rhode Island’s primary with Gov. Dan McKee winning the Democratic nomination Tuesday night to challenge for a complete term after overtaking for Gina Raimondo, who was simply appointed to Biden’s Cabinet in 2021.
Preliminary results show McKee, who was simply Raimondo’s lieutenant governor, beat four challengers in the Democratic primary with 32.8% of the vote despite criticism over his storm management and handling of COVID-19 vaccines.
McKee’s top challengers included Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea, who had 26.1% , and Helena Foulkes, a former CVS Health executive, with 30.1%.
Gorbea congratulated McKee in a short statement on Twitter following election.
“With so much at risk right now, we have to be sure you win in Nov.,” she said.
Voters also cast ballots to displace retiring Democratic Rep. Jim Langevin. Rhode Island General Treasurer Seth Magaziner was declared the winner for the reason that race Tuesday.
Magaziner won with 54% of the vote over former Commerce Department lawyer Sarah Morgenthau, who had 12%, and former state Rep. David Segal with 16.1%.
Magaziner will face off against former Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, the lone Republican in the race, in November’s general election.