Mitch McConnell-aligned Super PAC drops out of New Hampshire Senate race

At the start of this midterm cycle, incumbent Sen. Maggie Hassan was considered one of the weakest Democrats in November’s vote. Hassan barely beat Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte in 2016, and was unpopular among New Hampshire voters after she voted.

However, in the latest sign that Republicans believe the road to victory in the Granite State is too hard for Hassan’s far-right Republican challenger Don Bolduc, the Senate Leadership Fund (SLF) – a coalition super PAC with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell – CBS The News confirmed Saturday that it is canceling $5.6 million in television commercials reserved for the final two weeks before the November 8 election.

This was first reported by the New York Times.

“As the cycle draws to a close, we are shifting resources where they can be most effective to achieve our ultimate goal: winning a majority,” SLF President Steven Law told CBS News in a statement.

Bolduc hasn’t stopped making controversial statements since the GOP primary, where He defeated moderate rival Chuck Morse In an upset victory, more national Republican groups attempted to promote Morse. Republican Governor Chris Sununu once called Bolduk a “conspiracy theory extremist”.

Bolduc, a former Army brigadier general, has proposed disbanding the FBI following a search of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago property, and has denied the election, although it appears to have won the primary. He has retreated.

Republican Senate Candidate Don Bolduco
Republican Senate candidate Don Bolduc shakes hands with attendees during a campaign event on October 15, 2022 in Derry, New Hampshire.

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Bolduc said in a Fox News interview that while he still believes there was fraud, “elections have consequences, and unfortunately, President Biden is the legitimate president of this country.”

Then he flopped again this month at the town hall:

According to the Associated Press, in response to a question from a New Hampshire voter, “I can’t say whether it was stolen or not, sir.” “I don’t have enough information. But what I can say is that we have irregularities. We have fraud.”

Trump did not endorse in the GOP primary, but endorsed Bolduc after defeating Morse.

CBS News obtained audio from Bolduc’s town hall earlier this month in which he referred to “gentleman” legislators as the best voices for women on abortion. It is the latest in a series of comments Bolduc has made about abortion rights that have sparked criticism.

“It belongs to the state,” Bolduc said in the audio. “It’s these gentlemen here, state legislators who best represent you as a man, that women get the best voice at the state level, not the federal level. And that’s really Sen. Hassan is the one who does this.’ It doesn’t make sense, and he needs to align with the Supreme Court’s decision.”

Hassan has made abortion rights a central part of his election campaign. The New Hampshire primary, which Bolduc won in mid-September, came to an end. The primary season, and Democratic groups spent in the race helping to promote Bolduc, saw him as the more extreme candidate, and one more likely to defeat Hassan.

The latest Real Clear Politics Average poll shows Hassan with a lead of 5 points.

In an interview with a local reporter last month discussing abortion rights, Bolduc said Hassan “needs to get over this,” and that the election is about the economy.

Bolduc has also said repeatedly that he would not support McConnell as Senate majority leader if he won and Republicans withdrew the Senate.

“I haven’t asked that question, and I’m not holding back,” Bolduc told Politico.

The withdrawal by the SLF comes after the National Republican Senatorial Committee earlier this month withdrew funds reserved for broadcast spending for the New Hampshire Senate race – and instead designated it to other battleground states.

Bolduc has been trailing Hassan in every election since his primary. In a recent AARP poll, Hassan is ahead of Bolduc by 7 points.

Hassan dwarfs even Bolduc when it comes to fundraising. According to the Federal Election Commission, Bolduc reported just $92,000 in cash at the end of August. Hassan’s cash-on-hand total during the same period was over $7 million.

Outside GOP groups, such as the SLF, initially stepped in to help them in New Hampshire, but this latest move is a sign that GOP groups view any additional investment in the race as a potential waste of money. can assume.

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