Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said Tuesday he is forgoing a run for US Senate in New Hampshire, the AP reports. Lewandowski, a Republican, said on Twitter that his “priorities remain my family and ensuring that @realDonaldTrump is re-elected POTUS.” “While taking on a career politician from the Washington swamp is a tall order, I am certain I would have won,” Lewandowski wrote. Trump had earlier thrown his support behind a possible Lewandowski run as Republicans look to unseat Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. But Lewandowski signaled during an October radio interview on New Hampshire Today with Jack Heath that he may not run for the seat, saying Trump's reelection was his priority.
A handful of other Republicans have already announced their entries into the Senate race. Retired Brig. Gen. Don Bolduc, former New Hampshire House Speaker Bill O’Brien, and former US Army ranger Bryant “Corky” Messner are all looking to challenge Shaheen in the 2020 general election. Gov. Chris Sununu, a Republican, opted to run for reelection to the governor's office instead of challenging Shaheen. Lewandowski said he will endorse a candidate “in the near future.” Lewandowski served as the president's first campaign manager and remained close to Trump even after he was fired from the job after clashing with now-jailed strategist Paul Manafort and the president's children.
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