National Republicans Jump Back Into New Hampshire Senate Race With $1 Million Ad Buy

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Michael Ginsberg Congressional Correspondent
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The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) is committing about $1 million in advertising to support the campaign of New Hampshire Republican candidate Don Bolduc, just as a top GOP Super PAC pulls out of the race.

The NRSC has already spent nearly $3 million in the race, according to OpenSecrets. The new ad buy follows a cancellation from the Senate Leadership Fund (SLF) to the tune of $5.6 million in ad reservations, according to Axios, which first reported the ad buy. The NRSC previously canceled an ad buy in the state as well. The Senate Leadership Fund, associated with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, has already spent nearly $16 million in New Hampshire.

“Our polling, along with recent public polling, shows that this race is in the margin of error and winnable. The NRSC is proud to stand with General Bolduc. We’re going to win this race so Don Bolduc can bring real leadership back to this Senate seat,” NRSC chairman Rick Scott of Florida told Axios.

Several recent polls have shown Bolduc, a retired Army general, gaining ground on incumbent Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan. Outside Democratic groups spent $3.2 million promoting Bolduc’s primary campaign and opposing state Sen. Chuck Morse out of a belief Bolduc would be easier to beat as a general election opponent. (RELATED: POLL: Don Bolduc Leads By 21 Points In New Hampshire Senate Primary)

“Don Bolduc is running a great race against Maggie Hassan, who’s being weighed down by her full-throated support for Joe Biden and his agenda that’s hurting New Hampshire families,” Scott added.

Scott has feuded at length with McConnell throughout the general election cycle. The two disagree on midterm strategy, with Scott releasing a policy agenda McConnell promptly disavowed. The Minority Leader has repeatedly said Republicans should make the elections a referendum on the Biden administration, while Scott believes Republicans should articulate a positive agenda.