The final primaries of the 2022 election cycle took place on Tuesday, when New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Delaware voters went to the polls.
All eyes were on New Hampshire, whereTo take on incumbent Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan. CBS News projects far-right veteran Don Bolduc to win the GOP primary against New Hampshire Senate President Chuck Morse. Morse concluded early Wednesday morning that he would not be able to close the gap separating him from Bolduc, and said in a tweet that he had accepted.
“It’s been a long night and we’ve fallen short. I want to thank my supporters for all the blood, sweat and tears that have been put into this team effort. I just called and wished @GenDonBolduc all the best,” morse tweeted,
Democrats see Bolduk as the preferred candidate against Hassan because of his more extreme stance on the 2020 election, “getting rid of” the FBI and frequent criticism of the popular liberal GOP government. Chris Sununu. Sununu supported Morse and called Bolduc a “conspiracy theorist”. Republican leaders tried to persuade Sununu for the Senate seat, but he refused.
“We’re one step closer to defeating @SenatorHassan, flipping the Senate and bringing an outsider to DC to fight for the Granite Staters!” Bolduc said Tweet declaration of victory.
Bolduc was the frontrunner, and elections before the primary showed him with a substantial lead. Former President Donald Trump did not endorse any candidate.
The Democratic Senate Majority PAC spent millions airing an ad critical of Morse, calling him “another lazy politician” and saying the “Washington establishment” of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was going “all in” for Morse.
In contrast, McConnell, a group affiliated with White Mountain PACs, spent millions on advertisements calling for Bolduc’s removal, according to the New Hampshire union-leader. The GOP Senate Leadership Fund was also active in the race, but is focused on the general election in November. The group has committed $23 million for commercials against Hassan, which aired on the primary day.
Hassan, a former governor, was first elected in 2016 flipping the seat of Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte, one of only two Democratic flips in that cycle. Hillary Clinton won the state by just over one point in 2016, and although Trump aggressively targeted it in 2020, the state went with 7 points for Biden in 2020.
In the First Congressional District of New Hampshire, CBS News projected Carolyn Levitt to win the Republican nomination to take on Democratic incumbent Representative Chris Pappas. Levitt, a 25-year-old former Trump aide, faced Matt Mavers, who was backed by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and Gail Huff Brown, wife of former Massachusetts liberal GOP Sen. Scott Brown. Several other candidates were also in the fray.
In Rhode Island’s Second District, CBS News projected Seth Magazine to win the Democratic nomination. He will face Republican Alan Fung, the former mayor of Cranston, Rhode Island, a candidate National Republican believes will make the race competitive. Incumbent Democratic Rep. Jim Langevin is retiring.
President Biden flew to Delaware on Tuesday afternoon to vote, while the state has contested only one — the state auditor. Lydia York defeated incumbent Kathleen McGuinness for the Democratic nomination. McGuinness was convicted in July of three counts of public corruption related to the hiring of his daughter. A judge later dismissed a conviction.
York will face Republican Janice Lorah in November. If elected, York would be the first black woman to hold the role, according to the Delaware News Journal.