MANCHESTER, N.H. —
Matt Mowers is getting a big boost in the hotly contested Republican primary to take on Rep. Chris Pappas in New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District.
The 2020 GOP nominee seeking a rematch with the incumbent is being endorsed by House Republican leaders Rep. Kevin McCarthy, and his top deputy, House Republican Whip Rep. Steve Scalise.
“After rubber-stamping Joe Biden’s failed agenda, Chris Pappas’ time in Congress is over,” McCarthy said. “The only way to win competitive districts and take back the House in November is with tough and tested conservatives – like Matt Mowers – who will work tirelessly for Granite Staters and hold the Biden administration accountable.”
“Matt Mowers is a conservative fighter who will put Granite State families and small businesses first,” said Whip Scalise. “Now more than ever, we need strong conservatives who will defend the police, secure the southern border, and fight inflation. I know Matt Mowers will get the job done.”
While the endorsement that matters most in the Republican race belongs to former President Donald Trump, who has yet to weigh in, the stamp of approval from GOP leaders is a major development and comes after a rough patch that saw Mowers take some heat for voting in two different states in the 2016 Republican presidential primary. Another establishment candidate has also entered the race, former Executive Councilor Russell Prescott.
Political analysts said that while the endorsement won’t decide the race, it does give Mowers another advantage in a crowded field.
“We may see that the vote is so chopped up amongst so many different candidates that the usual percentage that a winner would take in a September primary would be much less,” said Neil Levesque, of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics. “So, there’s a lot fewer votes there, and anything can make a difference in this race.”