Corky Messner beat retired Gen. Don Bolduc in New Hampshire’s Republican Senate primary Tuesday night after the coronavirus pandemic postponed the original race date, AP reports.
Why it matters: The GOP primary served as a test of the president’s influence in the state, with lawyer Messner touting his Trump endorsement. President Trump narrowly lost the state to Hillary Clinton in 2016, Reuters notes.
- The winner will be facing off against incumbent Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) in the general election.
The state of play: “Driven by a surge in absentee voting, turnout is expected to approach or break records, a measure of enthusiasm ahead of the general election in a swing state…” the New York Times reports.
What to watch: The winner will take on popular incumbent Gov. Chris Sununu (R) in November.
- Matt Mowers won the Republican nomination for the House in New Hampshire’s 1st congressional district
Meanwhile, Rhode Island has two congressional districts hosting competitive races Tuesday: with Rep. Jim Langevin, a 10-term Democrat, facing an opponent, while Republicans will meet the winner in November.