According to a recent poll, conservative candidate Karoline Leavitt trails Rep. Chris Pappas (D-NH) by just one percentage point in the race to represent New Hampshire in Congress. The momentum is on the Trump-backed candidate’s side as the midterms close in quickly.
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The survey, which was released by the American Association of Retired Persons, showed the incumbent Pappas with a narrow lead over Leavitt — 48% to 47%.
Leavitt is the former White House assistant secretary to President Donald Trump. At age 25, Leavitt just meets the minimum constitutional age to serve in the House of Representatives, but that has not stopped her from climbing the polls against an experienced, two-term Democrat in Pappas.
Leavitt trounced her four opponents in the Republican primary, including 2020 nominee Matt Mowers.
State Republican Chairman Fergus Cullen explained why her performance in the Republican primary race was so impressive.
“She won her primary by out-Trumping a very Trumpy field,” said Cullen.
After the dominant primary performance, Trump delivered a ringing endorsement of Leavitt, further solidifying her ascent.
State Attorney General Tom Rath, a former GOP manager, said he believes Leavitt has a strong chance of defeating Pappas in the midterm election.
“[Leavitt] could win in the most evenly split congressional district in New Hampshire,” said Rath. “She is organized, energetic, and focused. And she definitely has been the aggressor. The Manchester area and Seacoast are strong for Pappas.”
Pappas, the first openly gay congressman from New Hampshire, has called his opponent a “paid spokesman for Donald Trump.”
“She’s one of the most radical candidates we’ve ever seen nominated for public office in New Hampshire,” he claimed.
Leavitt did not shy away from Pappas, criticizing him for failing to address the opioid crisis and illegal immigration.
“You’ve done nothing to push back against the Biden administration to stop the flow of illegal drugs into our communities,” she said to Pappas during their debate at the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce.
From the opioid crisis to the economy, Leavitt will have plenty of ammunition to close out the final days of her campaign. And with a fired-up conservative voter base, she could easily win this election.