Bolduc and Morse blocked in a close race

With 32% of the precinct returns, retired General Donald Bolduc maintained a narrow lead over State Senate Speaker Chuck Morse in the race for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate. the vote count began after the polls closed at 8 p.m., Morse had a slim lead and the two candidates remained in a tight race as the count continues. Earlier in the day, Bolduc cast his ballot in his hometown of Stratham. This is his second run for the U.S. Senate after he was a runner-up in the Republican primary to face U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen two years ago. “Why am I so confident?” said Bolduc. “Because I’ve built an army of supporters from the ground up, bottom up, over two years. It’s an unprecedented type of campaign.” Morse greeted voters at the polls in Bedford with Gov. Chris Sununu, who endorsed the longtime state lawmaker last week. “We worked well together for six years. Didn’t we, Governor?” Morse said. “We’ve done a lot. We’re the envy of the Northeast right now, here in New Hampshire. I think we’ve worked well together, and it’s working for this campaign, I can tell you that.” Bruce Fenton, a member of the Free State movement, arrested by the ballot box in Durham on Tuesday afternoon. He served in the Navy and became a financial adviser before running for the Senate. “You know, there’s a lot of people who care about freedom and freedom out there,” Fenton said. “It’s a great state, and it’s a great place to run for office.” Former Londonderry City Manager Kevin Smith has touted his track record of economic development and running a budget surplus. “The cost of heating oil, the cost of electricity, high inflation and the price at the pump – all these different issues that they’re not happy with in Washington – and they want someone, an outsider, who’s going to lower and try to solve those problems for them,” Smith said. Businessman Vikram Mansharamani is an author and economist new to politics. He said his business experience can be used at the federal level. “I come with a solution-oriented approach to solving problems and trying to help improve the lives of families in Granite State,” Mansharamani said. “That’s the only reason I’m doing this.” On the Democratic side, US Senator Maggie Hassan easily won the nomination, beating two candidates. but some of those places will be clear indicators of how the Senate race is going. . Bolduc did well in some places, such as Londonderry, a Republican stronghold he won by 20 votes despite spending heavily outspent by his opponent, Corky Messner, who also received an endorsement from President Donald Trump. This result shows that Bolduc is capable of exceeding expectations. In Tuesday’s primary, Londonderry is the home base of one of Bolduc’s opponents, Smith, and it’s also close to the political turf of Morse, the candidate trailing but winning over Bolduc in the polls. It remains to be seen how Bolduc can perform in the Morse State Senate District, which stretches along the state line from Pelham to Plaistow. In 2020, Bolduc nearly tied Messner at Pelham, losing by two votes, a result much closer than Bolduc’s statewide loss. But Messner crushed Bolduc in Salem, Morse’s hometown. He also increased the score on Bolduc at Atkinson and Plaistow. If Morse were to pick up a win from behind, it would come from a strong performance where people know him in person, not just from TV commercials. If Bolduc keeps him close or competitive in Morse territory, maintaining and building his support for Londonderry, that would be a sign that it could be Bolduc’s night. As for Bolduc’s territory, he lives in Stratham, where he did well in 2020. But his base is in Laconia and Belknap County. He won Belknap County in a landslide in 2020, and so did Laconia, where his late father served for three decades on the city council. Bolduc’s political brand is strong in the Lake District, and if he loses ground there, it would come as a shock. But there aren’t many votes in Belknap County, where about 8,000 to 9,000 votes were cast in 2020. In Rockingham County, where Morse lives, about 30,000 to 40,000 votes are cast in a Republican primary.

With 32% of precincts declaring, retired General Donald Bolduc maintained a narrow lead over State Senate Speaker Chuck Morse in the race for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate.

Bolduc led Morse 37.5% to 35% at 10 p.m. When the vote count began after polls closed at 8 p.m., Morse had a slim lead, and the two candidates remained in a tight race as the counting continued.

Earlier in the day, Bolduc cast his ballot in his hometown of Stratham. This is his second bid for the U.S. Senate after being a runner-up in the Republican primary to face U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen two years ago.

“Why am I so confident? said Bolduc. “Because I’ve built an army of supporters from the ground up, bottom up, in two years. It’s an unprecedented type of campaign.”

Morse greeted voters at the polls in Bedford with Gov. Chris Sununu, who endorsed the state’s longtime lawmaker last week.

“We worked well together for six years. Didn’t we, Governor?” Morse said. “We’ve done a lot. We’re the envy of the Northeast right now, here in New Hampshire. I think we’ve worked well together, and it’s working for this campaign, I can tell you that.”

Free State member Bruce Fenton stopped by the polls in Durham on Tuesday afternoon. He served in the Navy and became a financial adviser before running for the Senate.

“You know, there’s a lot of people who care about freedom and freedom out there,” Fenton said. “It’s a great state, and it’s a great place to run for office.”

Former Londonderry City Manager Kevin Smith has touted his track record of economic development and running a budget surplus.

“The cost of heating oil, the cost of electricity, high inflation and pump prices – all these different issues that they’re not happy with in Washington – and they want someone, an outsider, who’s going to come down and try to fix those issues for them,” Smith said.

Businessman Vikram Mansharamani is an author and economist new to politics. He said his business experience can be used at the federal level.

“I come with a solution-oriented approach to solving problems and trying to help improve the lives of families in Granite State,” Mansharamani said. “That’s the only reason I’m doing this.”

On the Democratic side, US Senator Maggie Hassan easily won the nomination, beating two candidates.

Analysis: Bellwether locations to watch

There are more than 200 cities and towns where voters vote, but some of those places will be clear indicators of how the Senate race is going.

Poll favorite in the race, Bolduc, ran two years ago, and the results of that race, which he lost, could provide some insight into this year’s contest. Bolduc did well in some places, such as Londonderry, a Republican stronghold he won by 20 votes despite being vastly outspent by his opponent, Corky Messner, who also received an endorsement from President Donald Trump.

This result demonstrates that Bolduc is capable of exceeding expectations.

In Tuesday’s primary, Londonderry is the home base of one of Bolduc’s opponents, Smith, and it’s also close to the political turf of Morse, the candidate trailing but winning over Bolduc in the polls.

It remains to be seen how Bolduc can play in the Morse State Senate District, which stretches along the border between Pelham and Plaistow.

In 2020, Bolduc nearly tied Messner at Pelham, losing by two votes, a result much closer than Bolduc’s statewide loss.

But Messner crushed Bolduc in Salem, Morse’s hometown. He also upped the score on Bolduc in Atkinson and Plaistow.

If Morse is going to get a win from behind, it would come from a strong show where people know him in person, not just TV commercials.

If Bolduc remains close or competitive on Morse’s turf, maintaining and building his support for Londonderry, that would be a sign that it could be Bolduc’s night.

As for Bolduc’s home territory, he lives in Stratham, where he did well in 2020. But his base is in Laconia and Belknap County. He won Belknap County in a landslide in 2020, and it was similar in Laconia, where his late father served for three decades on the city council.

Bolduc’s political brand is strong in the Lakes Region, and if he loses ground there, it would be a shock. But there aren’t many votes in Belknap County, where about 8,000 to 9,000 votes were cast in 2020. In Rockingham County, where Morse lives, about 30,000 to 40,000 votes are cast in a Republican primary.