New Hampshire Republicans Karoline Leavitt, candidate for the state’s 1st Congressional District, and Gen. Don Bolduc, candidate for U.S. Senate, emerged victorious from their respective primary fields Tuesday night.
According to The New York Times, Leavitt bested 10 other Republicans vying for the nomination, beating her second-place opponent, Matt Mowers, by 9.2 points with 34.7 percent of the vote. Bolduc, on the other hand, had a closer contest, winning his race by 1.3 points with 37.1 percent of the vote.
President Donald J. Trump, noting the “Trumpiest” candidates’ success, celebrated both wins Wednesday via Truth Social.
“Congratulations to General Don Bolduc, a great gentleman who started his military service as a Private, and ended it as a General – and now his BIG WIN in New Hampshire,” Trump wrote in one post. “WOW! Great going Don.”
In a second post, Trump added: “Amazing job by Karoline Leavitt in her great New Hampshire victory. Against all odds, she did it – and will have an even greater victory on November 8th. Wonderful energy and wisdom!!!”
Upon the news of his win, Bolduc shared a statement via Twitter, which read: “Our campaign overcame the odds and millions of dollars in spending from outside special interest groups because we built a true bottom-up grassroots campaign. I am grateful for the trust Granite Staters placed in me tonight, and I pledge to always be their champion in Washington.”
Bolduc will now go on to face Democrat Sen. Maggie Hassan in the general election.
Leavitt, meanwhile, will challenge two-term Democrat Rep. Chris Pappas for his seat. A former Trump White House staffer who also previously worked for Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., the 25-year-old New Hampshire native would become the youngest woman ever elected to Congress if she succeeds, per Fox News.
However, in a Wednesday statement, Leavitt said she was up to the challenge.
“We won this election by pounding the pavement, knocking thousands of doors, meeting voters face to face, and focusing on the issues that matter to our state,” she said. “Now, Republicans must unite as we set our sights on November, because there is nothing more important than stopping the radical Biden, Pelosi, Pappas Socialist agenda in its tracks. The work to finally defeat Chris Pappas begins today. New Hampshire – we are just getting started!”