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Trump-backed candidate wins NH GOP Senate primary to take on Shaheen

Trump-backed candidate wins NH GOP Senate primary to take on Shaheen
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Corky Messner won the New Hampshire Senate GOP primary on Tuesday, setting him up to take on Sen. Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenPro-Choice Caucus asks Biden to remove abortion fund restrictions from 2022 budget Bottom line Senators press Treasury to prioritize Tubman redesign MORE (D) in the November general election. 

The Associated Press called the race for Messner at 11:11 p.m. EDT.

Messner, a military veteran and attorney, beat out three other Republican candidates, including retired Gen. Don Bolduc. 

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President TrumpDonald TrumpHouse passes voting rights and elections reform bill DEA places agent seen outside Capitol during riot on leave Georgia Gov. Kemp says he'd 'absolutely' back Trump as 2024 nominee MORE endorsed Messner in June, saying he’d be a “fantastic” senator for the state. 

“A West Point graduate, he served our Country in the Army with distinction. Strong on Jobs, Crime, Vets, Military and the Second Amendment …. He has my Complete and Total Endorsement!” Trump tweeted at the time. 

Republicans face an uphill battle in challenging Shaheen, a second-term incumbent. The Cook Political Report rates the Senate race as a “solid Democrat.”

Polls leading up to the primary showed Shaheen with a healthy margin ahead of both Messner and Bolduc.