Trump-endorsed Senate candidate wins New Hampshire GOP primary

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A Republican Senate candidate endorsed early by President Trump has won the New Hampshire GOP primary Tuesday.

Bryant “Corky” Messner, 63, picked up 50.6% of the New Hampshire primary vote in a four-way race after 132,807 Republican voters cast their ballots. Messner’s closest competitor was Donald Bolduc, who finished with 43.25% of the vote.

The New Hampshire Republican now goes on to face Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, 73, a two-term incumbent who previously served as New Hampshire’s governor. The New Hampshire Republican attorney must now convince registered Democrats to vote for him, as the Democratic Party has slightly more registered voters in the state.

Trump lost New Hampshire to Hillary Clinton by the slimmest of margins in 2016 and hopes Messner can help be a messenger for him in the Granite State this cycle.

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