New Hampshire District 1 Republicans Choose Karoline Leavitt Over GOP-E Candidate

In a competitive field of five Republican candidates for New Hampshire’s District 1 congressional seat, former assistant White House press secretary Karoline Leavitt has emerged from Tuesday’s primary victorious over Matt Mowers, as Decision Desk HQ reports.


Leavitt will face off against Democrat incumbent Rep. Chris Pappas on November 8.

The Sea Coast Online reported a month before, on September 8, about the tight race with many contenders:

The five Republicans running in the Sept. 13 primary present voters with the opportunity to nominate a conservative from the younger generation of the party in state Rep. Tim Baxter, former White House aide Karoline Leavitt or former U.S. State Department official Matt Mowers, who was the 2020 nominee for the CD 1 seat, losing to Pappas in the general election.

Also running is former journalist in Gail Huff Brown (wife of former U.S. senator and ambassador Scott Brown) and business owner Russell Prescott, who is a former state senator and executive councilor.

My colleague Cameron Arcand interviewed Huff Brown earlier in September.

Many of the Republican establishment had their money and support behind Matt Mowers, who worked as an adviser in the State Department in the Trump administration. Mowers also formerly worked as chief of staff to Dr. Deborah Birx before the pandemic, and worked previously in former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s administration. Mowers also ran against Rep. Chris Pappas in 2020 and lost by five points. Leavitt used Mowers’ resume to her advantage, successfully tying Mowers to the controversial Birx and the failed Christie.



Despite Leavitt’s fighting style, earlier polls showed Mowers in the lead, but within the margin of error.

Leavitt was also a former assistant to GOP House Chair Elise Stefanik (R-NY), and had her rousing endorsement, as well as the endorsement of Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX).

Leavitt spoke with Tucker Carlson on Monday night and discussed the attacks she was receiving from the GOP guard, and Democrats who thought she would make a weaker candidate against NH Rep. Pappas.

The people have spoken.


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