Mowers files for potential rematch against Pappas in 1st District

CONCORD, N.H. —

Matt Mowers filed Tuesday to run in the 1st Congressional District, setting up a potential rematch in the general election if he wins the Republican primary.

Mowers lost to U.S. Rep. Chris Pappas in 2020, but he said he’s confident in his chances.

“We’re going to win this election,” Mowers said. “Folks are just truly fed up out there with what they’re seeing in Washington, D.C. They’re tired of the same-old, same-old. They’re tired of folks like Chris Pappas.”

Before he can face Pappas again, Mowers must emerge from a competitive Republican primary that features both strong pro-Trump candidates and more establishment candidates who could all potentially chip away at the base of support he built up two years ago.

“Well, look, there are a lot of folks in the race,” Mowers said. “God bless ’em. It’s America. I’m glad they’re running.”

As someone who ran campaigns before running in them, Mowers’ confidence isn’t blind. His Republican opponents will keep trying to pull him into a more bruising contest, but he said his focus remains on Pappas, Washington and telling voters Republicans have the answer for inflation.

“First, you’ve got to stop this socialist spending spree that’s going on, the trillions and trillions of dollars that we just don’t have that continue to be spent down in Washington, D.C.,” Mowers said. “You also have to make sure we have an America First energy policy, where energy is manufactured here in the United States.”