Media ignored General Bolduc’s rise after Democrats funded his primary

New Hampshire Republican Gen. Don Bolduc is maintaining momentum in the home stretch of the Senate race against Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH) after Democrats assumed they had won the race.

In the GOP primary, Democrats presumed General Bolduc would lack the ability in the general election to come back 13 points behind in six weeks when they backed him with $3.2 million.

Yet that is what happened. General Bolduc only won the GOP primary by less than 2,000 votes with the support of Democrats running ads against his main GOP opponent. Six weeks later, General Bolduc now has a slim two-point lead heading into Tuesday’s general election with huge support from Hispanics.

The Democrats’ plan to support General Bolduc backfired. It seems that General Bolduc’s charismatic, down-to-earth and approachable personality greatly aided his campaign. His ability to connect with Granite Staters is evident at his many town hall events. His willingness to listen and answer questions contrasts sharply with Hassan, who has been much less approachable to the public.

The Democrats’ strategy of funding General Bolduc in the primary because he was way off in the general election appears to have suppressed media coverage of his frenzied campaign in recent weeks. Perhaps accepting the Democratic talking point that the Republican was “too extreme,” the establishment media mostly ignored General Bolduc’s rise and preferred to focus their attacks on Republicans in Arizona, Georgia, in Nevada and Pennsylvania.

The media didn’t spend much time reporting on the New Hampshire Senate race, dismissing the general as an “extreme” Republican who didn’t raise enough money to compete with a career politician, like Hassan.

But ever since the race became a draw last week, with RealClearPolitics predicting a surprise victory for General Bolduc based on polls that captured General Bolduc’s momentum, the media has started covering the race.

Its cover reeks of surprise that General Bolduc has a good chance of dethroning Hassan.

“Republican Don Bolduc is threatening to upset Democratic Senator Maggie Hassan,” admitted Igor Bobic of the Huffington Post last Friday. New York magazine Gabriel Debenedetti acknowledged that General Bolduc is “within striking distance of the Senate – and therefore the Democrats are forced to spend money on defense that they would rather use in offensive territory”.
The New York Sun Caroline McCaughey correctly reported on Friday that “[f]ew outside Granite State were talking about the US Senate race there up until last week.

The “candidate Democrats backed in the GOP primary — to the tune of $3.2 million in ad spend against his opponent — because they thought he was ‘too extreme’ to win the general election could stand go to Washington,” she wrote.

File/US Army General Donald Bolduc delivers a speech during the inauguration of a military base in Thiès, 70 km from Dakar, on February 8, 2016, on the second day of a three-week joint military exercise between the troops African, American and European, known as Flintlock. (SEYLLOU/AFP via Getty Images)

As the establishment media catches up, Democrats continue to insist that General Bolduc is a bad candidate.

“There’s no doubt that Republicans have named the worst crop of Senate candidates I’ve probably seen in my life,” said a Democratic strategist. New York magazine. “The fact that Arizona and New Hampshire have come back into play is devastating,” he added.

The New Hampshire Senate race is one of seven battleground states that will determine which party controls the Senate. To retake the Senate, the GOP must hold Wisconsin and Pennsylvania and retake either Arizona, Nevada, Washington State, New Hampshire, or Georgia to have a one-seat majority in the Senate.


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