NH’s Don Bolduc Gets Tweak, Endorsement From Donald Trump
Former President Donald Trump has made his third endorsement in New Hampshire's House and Senate races, with an early morning message on his Truth social media account.
In a message posted at 2:57 a.m. Monday morning, Trump endorsed Don Bolduc in his U.S. Senate race with Democrat Maggie Hassan at the Republican's request.
"Don Bolduc has asked for my endorsement and he's got it, complete and total. His opponent is a disaster on crime, the border, inflation and all else. Vote for Don Bolduc," Trump wrote.
Trump tweaked Buldoc for backing off of his belief during the primary that Trump was the true winner of the 2020 presidential election. After winning the September primary, Buldoc said he concluded the election was not stolen.
"He was a strong and proud 'election denier,' a big reason that he won the nomination but he then disaviewed. He has since come back on busing but that is only a small part of NH election fraud," Trump wrote.
Trump's Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also endorsed Buldoc on Monday.
"He is an outsider, a family man, served his country, and will stand up to Biden," Pompeo wrote on his Twitter account.
During a NH Public Radio debate, Buldoc said that residents told him they are concerned about schoolbuses full of voters coming to New Hampshire to vote.
Trump also endorsed Karoline Leavitt in the First Congressional District over Rep. Chris Pappas, and Robert Burns in the Second Congressional District race with Annie Kuster.
While Burns fully acknowledged Trump's endorsement on his social media, Leavitt and Buldoc did not.
Does a Trump endorsement make a difference in the tight races?
"Trump is a somewhat unusual case, given the controversy that surrounds him, but endorsements don't typically drive outcomes," Dean Spiliotes, SNHU Civic Scholar and founder of NH Political Capitals said. "They may help a little on the margins, but that is about it. So, I can't say they will make a measurable "difference" at this point.
Buldoc was also corrected Monday by Pinkerton Academy in Derry for comments he made during a campaign appearance in Claremont, and reported by CNN that students identifying as cats attend the school and are using school supplied litter boxes.
"We want to assure our community that Mr. Bolduc’s statements are entirely untrue. We invite all political candidates to speak with members of our administration or visit our campus so they can inform themselves about our school before making claims about what occurs here," the school wrote in a tweet.