Mayor concedes to pro-Trump businessman Robert Burns in N.H. House primary
Robert Burns, a former New Hampshire county treasurer, won the GOP primary on Tuesday to advance to the general election that will decide who will represent the state's 2nd district.
Why it matters: Burns' victory tees up a November election pitting the pro-Trump businessman against Rep. Annie Kuster (D-N.H.), who is seeking her sixth term.
Driving the news: George Hansel, a moderate Republican mayor in New Hampshire who supports abortion rights, conceded to Burns, who touted his pro-Trump and "pro-life" abortion position.
- Burns slammed his GOP rival as a "liberal, woke mayor," per FiveThirtyEight.
- Hansel, who entered the race just three months ago, out-raised Burns. Late-stage polling showed Burns posting a lead, but the same polls also showed a large share of undecided voters in the state, FiveThirtyEight notes.
- Hansel earned the endorsement from New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu (R), Politico reports.
State of play: Burns may have benefited from a new Democratic PAC that poured money into the race in an attempt to boost him, as they thought the far-right candidate may be easier for Kuster to beat come November, Politico reports.
- Biden won the New Hampshire district by nine points in 2020.
What they're saying: "Last night didn't go our way, but I would like to thank all of our supporters and voters who made this campaign possible," Hansel said in a statement. "I would also like to congratulate Bob Burns on his victory tonight."
Editor's note: This story has been updated after AP officially called the race.