Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s super PAC has pumped $23 million worth of campaign ads into a New Hampshire Senate race, which will run from the day of the state primary until the general election on November 8.
Indicating the importance of flipping the seat currently held by Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH), the Senate Leadership Fund (SLF) has placed millions of dollars to flood the state with advertisements to help a Republican win the seat.
Showing the importance of flipping the seat of Sen. Maggie Hassan, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's super PAC is placing $23 million worth of television campaign ads to run from the day of the state primary until the general election Nov. 8. https://t.co/Z9OI64cpZ4
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The SLF, which is tied to McConnell, announced the $23 million TV ad buy on Friday.
The fund has mentioned that Hassan is a target of their ads, but has not specified any Republican primary candidate out of the many vying to challenge the incumbent Democrat.
“Maggie Hassan’s weak record of rubber-stamping Joe Biden’s inflationary spending and taxes has hurt Granite Staters, and they know it,” SLF President Steven Law said in a statement. “This is a top-tier pickup opportunity for us, putting the Senate majority within reach.”
Democrats currently hold the majority in the Senate, with 48 Democrat senators and two independents who caucus with them. Vice President Kamala Harris holds the tiebreaking vote. Republicans have 50 seats in the Senate, and are hoping to retake the chamber in the upcoming November midterms.
The SLF’s advertisements will be the first in New Hampshire for the 2022 election cycle.
Former President Donald Trump, whose endorsement record currently sits at around 92%, has not yet made an endorsement in the Republican primary — which is set to take place on September 13.
Trump has a 92% endorsement record among House and Senate candidates.
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According to data from RealClearPolitics, retired Army Gen. Don Bolduc currently holds a double-digit lead in polling.
Bolduc appeared alongside his GOP opponents Bruce Fenton, Kevin Smith and state Sen. Chuck Morse in a debate in August, which was moderated by Newsmax host John Bachman.
“Maggie Hassan is going to do the same old things, the same old ways, and that has been hurting our country. She has supported Biden 100% of the time and all his policies that are ruining this country,” Bolduc told Bachman during the debate at Saint Anselm College’s Koonz Theatre in Manchester, New Hampshire.
“Republicans, independent, Democrats, libertarians — whatever you call yourself, it should not matter,” he continued. “The future of our children is at stake here. The future of our grandchildren is at stake here, and she’s at fault for 5½ years. She has not done anything to help Granite Staters.”
“And I’ve been around the Granite State in every town and city for two years, and that is the complaint: We can’t figure out one thing that she’s done for the Granite State,” Bolduc added.
The GOP candidate went on to stress the importance of Trump-era policies during his allotted time on the debate stage.
“Listen, green energy renewables — that’s good stuff, but we need our fossil fuels in order to have green energy,” Bolduc said. “We cannot divest ourselves from fossil fuels. It is the bread and butter, the heart and soul of our energy independence. And if we don’t have it, we’re going to be energy-dependent.”
“And look what it’s done to us: It’s made us weak. We are weak. China, Russia, North Korea, Iran are now having their way with us,” he added. “Our homeland is weak. We are in trouble. And if we don’t reverse the energy policies that Biden put in place, that reversed what President Trump had in place, and if we don’t get Maggie Hassan out of there, we’re gonna be in big trouble.”
The candidates were also asked important questions about issues they may face in the Senate — if they were to be elected — including about the threat posed by China and whether they were able to work alongside a Democrat.