Two far-right GOPers win the New Hampshire primary

Two far-right Republican candidates have won their New Hampshire primary — after being boosted by millions in Democrat spending in a guerrilla voting tactic some liberals have called “dishonorable” and “dangerous.”

Don Bolduc and Robert Burns, both allies of former President Donald Trump, defeated their more moderate GOP rivals in two state Senate and House races, Edison Research predicted Wednesday.

The Democratic Party’s campaign weapons had been betting they would be victorious — and help improve Republicans’ chances at the Nov to thwart the retaking of the Senate or the House of Representatives.

Bolduc, a Trump-loving retired U.S. Army brigadier general, was picked by Republican voters in Tuesday’s primary to run against Democratic Senator Maggie Hassan in the midterm election.

Bolduc has repeatedly echoed Trump’s claims of a rigged 2020 election and questioned whether the FBI should be abolished following the agency’s August raid on the former president’s Mar-a-Lago estate.

Don Bolduc
Don Bolduc, a retired US Army brigadier general, was selected by Republican voters in Tuesday’s primary to run against Democratic Senator Maggie Hassan in the Midterms.
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Robert Burns
Robert Burns defeated his more centrist candidate, Keene Mayor George Hansel, in the state’s 2nd congressional district.
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His more moderate rival, New Hampshire Senate President Chuck Morse, conceded defeat late Tuesday. tweet: “It was a long night and we fell short. I want to thank my supporters for all the blood, sweat and tears they put into this team effort.”

During the campaign, Senate Majority PAC — which is aligned with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) — had spent $3.2 million on ads supporting Bolduc, according to a Washington Post analysis.

Meanwhile, in the state’s 2nd congressional district, an ill-funded Burns defeated his more centrist candidate, Keene Mayor George Hansel, in a bid to run against Democratic Rep. Ann McLane Kuster in the upcoming election.

A group called Democrats Serve had spent more than $100,000 on television ads that highlighted Burns’ pro-Trump and “pro-life” abortion beliefs throughout the campaign, Washington Post analysis showed.

Don Bolduc
Bolduc has repeatedly echoed Trump’s claims of a rigged presidential election in 2020.
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“Last night didn’t go our way but I want to thank all of our supporters and voters who made this campaign possible,” Hansel said in a statement admitting defeat. “I also want to congratulate Bob Burns on his win today.”

Bolduc and Burns are among a slew of pro-Trump candidates who have been thrown money at Democratic campaign organizations in their controversial tactic to win them over more moderate Republicans.

Democratic campaigns or outside groups have meddled in 13 primary elections in New Hampshire, California, Colorado, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Virginia — and spent more than $53 million promoting far-right candidates.

Overall, the Democrats’ preferred candidate won six of the 13 races.

Still, the skullduggery wasn’t welcomed by all Democrats — with a warning that supporting such candidates could backfire by potentially propelling them into office.

Rep. Dean Phillips (D-Minn.) slammed the strategy as “dishonorable,” “dangerous,” and “just damn wrong” in an interview with Politico in July.

“I want to win these races but it worries me,” added Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.). “The only thing I’m really worried about is promoting voter deniers and this idea that we’re going to be able to control what voters want at the end of the day.”

The White House has been noticeably reticent on the controversial issue.

Vice President Kamala Harris told NBC’s Meet The Press, “I’m not going to tell people how to run their campaigns.”

“I ran for — statewide, for attorney general, re-election — and won both times. For the Senate, won that race,” she continued. “And I know it’s best to let a candidate, along with their advisors, make the decision based on what they think is in the best interest of their state.” I’m not going to tell people what to do this way.”

https://nypost.com/2022/09/14/two-far-right-gopers-win-new-hampshire-primary-races/ Two far-right GOPers win the New Hampshire primary

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