Lewandowski leads New Hampshire GOP Senate primary field, poll finds

  • Former Trump Campaign manager Corey Lewandowski speaks as U.S. President Donald Trump looks on during a rally at Total Sports Park in Washington, Mich. on April 28, 2018. Lewandowski leads New Hampshire GOP Senate primary field, poll finds. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images/TNS)

  • File-This Aug. 3, 2017 file photo shows Corey Lewandowski, former campaign manager for President Donald Trump, speaking at the City Club of Cleveland, in Cleveland. Neighbors of Lewandowski say he harassed them in a land dispute and threatened to use his "political clout" to make their life "a nightmare." Glenn and Irene Schwartz countersued Lewandowski this month after he filed a $5 million lawsuit in July over access to a pond-front property in Windham, New Hampshire.(AP Photo/Dake Kang, File)

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Published: 9/11/2019 10:11:52 PM

WASHINGTON — Former Trump campaign manager and political commentator Corey Lewandowski would lead a GOP primary for New Hampshire’s Senate seat, a new poll shows.

Lewandowski, the president’s first campaign manager in the 2016 election who helped him navigate a crowded GOP primary field, captured 23% support in a hypothetical primary race, an Emerson College poll released Tuesday found.

The next closest Republican candidate, retired Army Gen. Don Bolduc, trailed by 14 percentage points, with 9% support.

Seven percent of GOP respondents to the poll said they support former state House Speaker Bill O’Brien, while 56% said they are undecided.

Lewandowski has not officially announced that he is running for the opportunity to face incumbent Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, but in August he confirmed that he is “very seriously” considering a bid and has continued to tease out a potential run for office.

Trump has encouraged Lewandowski to run on multiple occasions, first on Twitter and later at a rally in August in Manchester.

“He’s tough, and he’s smart, and I’m hearing he’s thinking about running for Senate in New Hampshire. I think he’ll be tough to beat,” Trump said at the August rally.

Lewandowski appeared at the rally with the president — the same day that House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler announced he had subpoenaed Lewandowski to appear before his committee on Sept. 17 to discuss matters related to Trump’s possible obstruction of justice laid out in former special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.

Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales rates the 2020 race for New Hampshire’s Senate seat “Likely Democratic.”

In a hypothetical head-to-head matchup, Shaheen led Lewandowski 49% to 39%, the Emerson poll found.

“This lead puts the incumbent Senator in a strong position from the start, as she is near the 50% threshold incumbents seek,” the Emerson poll’s memo states.

The Emerson College poll is the first independent survey to be released to the public on the potential GOP primary race. Trump’s pollsters released results from a recent survey that showed Lewandowski with 30% support. Several days later, however, Bolduc’s campaign shared numbers with television station WMUR that showed him leading the pack.

The Emerson College poll was conducted Sept. 6-9 among a sample of 1,041 registered voters. Pollsters collected data on 692 of the respondents through an Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system of landlines and 349 others through an online panel provided by Amazon Turk and Dynata.

The data was weighted by age, education, party and mode based on 2016 turnout modeling, and the overall sample had a margin of error of roughly 3 percentage points.

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