On Thursday, Florida GOP Governor Ron DeSantis endorsed New Hampshire GOP senatorial candidate General Don Bolduc, who is in a neck-and-neck battle with incumbent Democratic Senator Maggie Hassan.
Bolduc became the youngest police officer in New Hampshire’s history at the age of 18, later serving for 33 years in the United States Army, as his campaign website noted. In his career, he led one of the first groups into Afghanistan while riding on horseback and led the 3rd Special Forces group in Operation Medusa, as well as winning five Bronze Star medals and two Purple Hearts.
“The U.S. Senate doesn’t need any more Biden ‘Yes Men,’” DeSantis tweeted. “@GenDonBolduc will be a Senator New Hampshire can count on to fight reckless spending and work to get costs under control. He will do what’s best for the people of his state.”
The U.S. Senate doesn’t need any more Biden “Yes Men.”@GenDonBolduc will be a Senator New Hampshire can count on to fight reckless spending and work to get costs under control. He will do what’s best for the people of his state.
Support his fight:https://t.co/h52ojr5Lb2
— Ron DeSantis (@RonDeSantisFL) November 3, 2022
As of Thursday, a race that had been conceded to Hassan early in the campaign has turned into a statistical tie. As of November 1, the RealClearPolitics average showed Bolduc leading by 0.3 percentage points.
As recently as September 19, Hassan held a 9.5 point lead in the RCP average, 50% to 40.5%, but her numbers have steadily dropped to 47% while Bolduc’s have risen to 47.3%.
Ironically, the Democrats’ Senate Majority PAC spent over $3.2 million in the Republican primary to attack state Senate President Chuck Morse in the belief that he would be a more formidable foe than Bolduc in the general election. Bolduc didn’t even have enough money to spend on ads in the primary.
But his status as a true political outsider, someone who has never held elective office, has appealed to New Hampshire voters, Andrew Cline noted in The Wall Street Journal, adding of Hassan, “She doesn’t release her public schedule, hasn’t had an open press conference in years, and studiously avoids engaging with anyone who isn’t screened by her staff.”
In their debate on Wednesday night, Bolduc said of Hassan that “all her votes in the Senate have caused this heating and eating issue that we have. Retirees going back to work. She’s created it by her 100% support to Joe Biden’s failed policies. … She’s caused these problems for many Granite Staters going into the winter not knowing how they’ll feed their children and heat their homes.”