Lewandowski decides against Senate bid

President TrumpDonald John TrumpSanders says he wouldn't 'drop dead' if Trump decided on universal healthcare Overnight Health Care: Trump officials lay groundwork for May reopening | Democrats ramp up talks with Mnuchin on next relief deal | Fauci says death toll could be around 60,000 Hillicon Valley: State officials push for more election funds | Coronavirus surveillance concerns ramp up pressure for privacy bill | Senators warned not to use Zoom | Agencies ask FCC to revoke China Telecom's license MORE’s former campaign manager Corey LewandowskiCorey R. LewandowskiHillicon Valley — Presented by Facebook — FCC fines mobile carriers 0M for selling user data | Twitter verified fake 2020 candidate | Dems press DHS to complete election security report | Reddit chief calls TikTok spyware Rod Blagojevich joins app where people can pay for personalized video message The Hill's Morning Report - Sanders repeats with NH primary win, but with narrower victory MORE announced Tuesday he will not run for the Senate in New Hampshire after flirting with a bid for most of 2019.

In a series of tweets, Lewandowski said he’s “certain” he would have won the GOP primary and defeated Sen. Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenSenators push for changes to small business aid Who should be the Democratic vice presidential candidate? McConnell sets Friday night deadline for bipartisan deal on stimulus MORE (D-N.H.), but that he’ll instead focus on his family and reelecting Trump.

“NH needs a US Senator who will put our citizens first and not illegal aliens; one who will support pro-growth policies to keep the Trump economy strong; one who will support strict constitutionalist judges; and one who will fight for our values, not those of Washington, DC,” Lewandowski said. “Accordingly, I will be making an endorsement in the Republican Primary for U.S. Senate in the near future to ensure we defeat Jeanne Shaheen in 2020.” 

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Lewandowski was a longtime GOP political operative in New Hampshire before he was put in charge of Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. He was removed from the campaign after a video showed him grabbing a female reporter to block her from getting to Trump.

The president had praised Lewandowski’s potential Senate bid, saying he would make a “great” addition to the Senate, but Trump never officially endorsed him.

A recent Emerson University survey found Lewandowski would have entered the GOP primary race with a double-digit lead over the other contenders, led by former state House Speaker Bill O’Brien and retired Gen. Donald Bolduc.

"Every Republican running for Senate in New Hampshire has stood proudly with Corey Lewandowski and Donald Trump in their efforts to take away health care from tens of thousands of Granite Staters and reverse Roe vs. Wade. While Messner, Bolduc, and O'Brien tear each other down in the contentious primary Lewandowski has left behind," said Josh Marcus-Blank, the spokesman for the Democratic Party in New Hampshire. "Senator Shaheen will continue working across the aisle for New Hampshire, leading efforts to lower prescription drug costs and making sure veterans and their families get the benefits they deserve."

Shaheen is seeking a third term in the Senate in 2020. She won her 2014 race by just over 3 points.

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden releases plans to expand Medicare, forgive student debt The Memo: Sanders's influence endures as campaign ends The two infectious diseases spreading across America MORE carried New Hampshire in 2016 by fewer than 3,000 votes, and the Granite State is expected to be a presidential battleground once again in 2020.