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Lewandowski won’t enter U.S. Senate race

  • FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2019, file photo, Corey Lewandowski, former campaign manager for President Donald Trump, arrives to testify to the House Judiciary Committee in Washington. Lewandowski is passing on running for a U.S. Senate seat in New Hampshire. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

The Associated Press
Published: 12/31/2019 8:03:41 PM
Modified: 12/31/2019 8:03:23 PM

MANCHESTER — President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said Tuesday that he is forgoing a run for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire.

Lewandowski, a Republican, said on Twitter that his “priorities remain my family and ensuring that” Trump is re-elected.

“While taking on a career politician from the Washington swamp is a tall order, I am certain I would have won,” Lewandowski asserted.

Trump had earlier thrown his support behind a possible Lewandowski run as Republicans look to unseat Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H.

But Lewandowski signaled during an October radio interview 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 U.S. 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.”

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