Underdog Trump-Republican Karoline Leavitt won the GOP primary for New Hampshire’s First Congressional District on Tuesday.
Leavitt, who worked in former President Donald Trump’s press shop and then for Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), could become the youngest woman ever elected to Congress if she pulls out a win in November. She turned 25 years old last month.
“It feels like the honor of a lifetime,” the young politico told NH Journal after her win. “I’m so humbled, I’m at a loss for words over the outpouring of support from conservatives, from every community.”
Republican Matt Mowers, who worked on Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and served in the State Department during the Trump administration, was the presumed frontrunner for nearly a year, but in recent weeks Leavitt was able to pull ahead. The 25-year-old received support from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), and other big-name Republicans.
“When we got into this a year ago, nobody knew who I was,” Leavitt said. “I had no money in the campaign account. I just had a drive and a work ethic and a passion to fight for this state and that is paid off over the last year.”
During her victory speech on Tuesday, Leavitt acknowledged the historic nature of her win and predicted another victory in the November election against Democrat Rep. Chris Pappas.
“Tonight, we made history,” she told supporters. “And I look forward to serving as the youngest congresswoman in United States history when we beat Chris Pappas.”
“As many of you know, my youth is one of the many reasons that I felt compelled to run for Congress in the first place,” she continued. “Because it’s my generation of Americans — your children, your grandchildren — who are not being served well by the current state of our education system, our media and our entire culture.”
Far-Left Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) received winning media attention in 2018 when she became the youngest woman elected to Congress at age 29.
“This is what is possible when every day people come together in the collective realization that all our actions — no matter how small or how large — are powerful, worthwhile and capable of lasting change,” Ocasio-Cortez gushed in her victory speech at the time. “Words cannot express my gratitude.”
Speaking to Fox News on Tuesday evening, Leavitt said voters wanted a “home-grown America First conservative going up against Chris Pappas this fall.”
The Republican dismissed the questioning of her far-Right platform, telling Fox News that being America First is “not partisan.”
2022 Watch-NEW on @FoxNews – #GOP nominee @kleavittnh urges party unity as she moves to the general election in #NH01 against Democratic @RepChrisPappas – in a key battleground district #2022Elections #nhpolitics #FoxNews pic.twitter.com/t1kkuim7Gr
— Paul Steinhauser (@steinhauserNH1) September 14, 2022