New Hampshire Senate clash: Hassan accuses Bolduc of ‘questioning’ the election

Democratic Senator Maggie Hassan says former Army General Don Bolduc, his Republican opponent in the crucial New Hampshire battleground Senate race, has “cast doubt” on the integrity of the election.

After the senator accused Bolduc “don’t think he has to accept the election results,” Fox News asked her if she was worried Bolduc would back down if he lost by a very slim margin.

“He tried to cast doubt on today’s election, which is an insult to the people of New Hampshire,” Hassan replied, after casting his ballot in his hometown of Newfields on Tuesday morning.

“We run some of the best elections in the country,” the senator said. “That Don Bolduc question the integrity of today’s election is truly disturbing. But we will continue to defend the New Hampshire residents and defend democracy.”

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Democratic Senator Maggie Hassan waves to supporters after casting her ballot in her hometown on Election Day 2022, November 8, 2022 in Newfields, NH
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Hassan has been a Republican target for nearly two years as the former governor seeks a second six-year term in the Senate, and his run with Bolduc is one of a handful across the country that will likely determine whether the GOP wins back. bedroom. majority in the midterm elections.

The senator, her campaign and allied groups have castigated the GOP candidate for weeks after warning in an interview on a conservative radio show that “all of a sudden a late night or some kind of dump with ballots or some kind of dump that comes from the machines and the next thing that you know, you wake up in the morning and the election has changed. It’s still real”

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Bolduc, voting hours after Hassan in nearby Stratham, New Hampshire, was asked by Hillary Vaughn of FOX Business about Hassan’s comments and whether he would concede if he narrowly lost to Hassan.

“Well, yes, of course. If she has such confidence in the electoral process, and why does she doubt it so much? Why is she even worried about it? This is just another example of her disconnect “, answered Bolduc. . “She’s worried about something that hasn’t even happened yet. I’m worried about things that have already happened that have really affected our children’s livelihoods and future”

Incumbent Democratic Senator Maggie Hassan and Republican New Hampshire Senate candidate Don Bolduc will face off in the Nov. 8 election in Granite State.
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Bolduc, who served ten tours of duty in the war in Afghanistan, is making his second consecutive candidacy for the New Hampshire Senate. He’s run a populist-style campaign this cycle, emphasizing his MAGA-Republican and underdog credentials in a crowded and explosive GOP primary. In mid-September, Bolduc narrowly edged conservative Chuck Morse, the state senate speaker backed by popular GOP Gov. Chris Sununu, to win the nomination.

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And over the past eight weeks, Bolduc has slowly but surely eaten away at Hassan’s single-digit lead in public opinion polls. Final surveys of the race suggested it was a contest of margin of error.

Bolduc, who declared during the primary campaign that he supported of former President Donald Trump repeated unproven claims that his 2020 election loss to Biden was due to “massive voter fraud”, quickly reversed course after his nomination victory. In a Fox News interview a few days later, Bolduc said that after speaking with Granite Staters, he “came to the conclusion” that the 2020 presidential election “wasn’t stolen.”

Republican Senate candidate and former General Don Bolduc arrives to vote on Election Day 2022, in Stratham, New Hampshire, November 8, 2022

Republican Senate candidate and former General Don Bolduc arrives to vote on Election Day 2022, in Stratham, New Hampshire, November 8, 2022
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Trump, who remained neutral in the Republican primary in New Hampshire, last week endorsed Bolduc but criticized him for overturning his views on the 2020 election.

“General Don Bolduc ran a great campaign to be the U.S. Senator for the beautiful state of New Hampshire. He was a loud and proud Holocaust denier, a big reason he won the nomination, but then disavowed it,” wrote Trump. on social networks.

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“He’s since returned, at least by bus, but that’s only a small part of NH voter fraud. Nevertheless, Don Bolduc asked for my approval, and he got it, complete and total,” he said. added the former president.

Hassan quickly used Trump’s endorsement as additional ammunition against Bolduc.