Republican General Don Bolduc harshly attacked incumbent Democrat Maggie Hassan for her abortion extremism during the New Hampshire US Senate debate.
The topic of abortion came immediately into the debate when moderators asked Bolduc if he would sponsor a federal ban on abortion in the U.S. Senate; he took the moderate stance by calling abortion a states’ rights issue and said he did not want the federal government involved.
Asked if she would support any restrictions on abortion if a bill were to pass the Senate, Hassan declined to answer the question – in line with numerous Democratic candidates throughout the 2022 election cycle.
Bolduc advised viewers to take note that Hassan takes an “extreme stance” on abortion in wanting the federal government involved.
Don Bolduc wants women to “overcome” Roe v. Wade and tries to hide his extreme anti-choice agenda from Granite Staters.
Bolduc would be the “yes” McConnell needs to pass a national abortion ban.
— Maggie Hassan (@Maggie_Hassan) November 3, 2022
Don Bolduc really said he “wouldn’t vote one way or the other” on a national abortion ban?
A) Does he understand the job for which he is presenting himself?
B) anything less than an unwavering commitment to reproductive freedom and access at this moment in history is absolutely disqualifying. #NHPolitics
– Crystal Paradise (@crystalparadis) November 3, 2022
Despite the fact that the Republican Party withdrew millions of dollars from New Hampshire to help Bolduc in the election, a recent poll by the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College found that the general was actually leading Hassan by one point – 48% to 47%. . Via The Hill:
The New Hampshire Institute of Politics poll at Saint Anselm College found Bolduc ahead of Hassan by 1 point, 48% to 47%. The result shows a significant tightening of the race from the institute’s September poll, which found Hassan leading by 6 points.
Hassan’s popularity rating has since plummeted, while Bolduc’s has since improved considerably.
Hassan was viewed favorably by 45% of respondents in the new poll, up from 48% in September. Its unfavorable rating also fell from 51% to 54%.
Hassan had a decisive lead during the month of September, but this lead was largely attributed to the fact that Republicans in the state had not yet united around Bolduc.